About the program
The Bachelor's program in Exercise Science prepares students for a variety of careers in this field. Students are prepared to pursue careers in health and fitness instruction, personal training, strength and conditioning, and cardiac rehabilitation.
Four areas of concentration (20 hours)
There is unparalleled interest in sport, exercise and recreation. It is a well-known fact that sport, exercise, and recreation account for $100 billion in annual revenue and 4 million-plus jobs. Thus, the opportunity for sport-related careers increases daily. To allow our students to be competitive in the job market, specialization is available through specific concentrations.
The Physiological Sciences concentration will allow students to apply knowledge to help clients manage or reduce their risk of chronic disease. This concentration also allows students to specialize in the sub-fields of exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation. The student is able to gain practical experience by completing an internship in a health and fitness related setting. This is an excellent concentration in preparation for ACSM certification as well as graduate school in exercise physiology.
The Fitness Management concentration will allow students to prepare for entry to mid-level management positions in a variety of sports and fitness professions, including: professional and amateur sport organizations, sport facilities, community recreation centers, health and wellness facilities, leisure resorts and other private or public agencies.
The Pre-Physical Therapy concentration will allow students to take the prerequisites required to apply to graduate schools in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Medical school and Chiropractic programs.
Sport Coaching/Strength and Conditioning
The Sport Coaching/Strength and Conditioning concentration will allow students to apply knowledge to train athletes and improve athletic performance. The concentration focuses on the teaching of strength, conditioning, and coaching principles. Internships in high school and university settings afford our students an excellent opportunity to gain the knowledge necessary to become highly qualified and effective coaches and strength specialists.