Exercise Science

An action-packed degree

Exercise science is the study of human health, wellness, and movement. Our degree will arm you with the knowledge and skills to launch you into a profession in the health, fitness, or sports fields.

In your courses, you’ll develop foundational knowledge of kinesiology, fitness, biomechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, and more.

You’ll explore the boundaries of what the human body can do through research, internships, and real-life, hands-on experience in the field.

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research, mentored by outstanding faculty who are experts in the field.

Our exercise science graduates have applied their training to help solve the nation’s growing health issues, such as diabetes and obesity. Many advance into graduate or professional schools, on their way to becoming exercise physiologists, physical therapists, physician assistants, and occupational therapists.

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Do more. Learn more. Achieve more.

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Get more experience

As an Exercise Science major, you will complete two internships over the course of your studies. You’ll gain practical experience working in the field at fitness centers, hospitals, and clinics for cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

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Engage in enhancing lives

Service-learning experiences allow you to connect what you learn in the classroom to the real world as you serve your community. You’ll put your knowledge into action in community programs like the Motor Activity Clinic, where children with disabilities work on their motor skills.

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Participate in research

Whether you plan to go on to graduate school or start your career, conducting research is a great way to get valuable experience in your field. No matter what you want to investigate, you’ll find opportunities to work in the lab, write articles for scientific journals, and more.

About our master's program

Are you thinking about what comes next?

The Master of Science in Kinesiology degree adds to your understanding of kinesiology and human performance. As a graduate student, you’ll be assigned an advisor who helps plan your course of study based on individual goals and experience. You can choose the thesis track, non-thesis track, or the option that includes a certificate in Public Health.

Find your future in exercise science

The exercise science track will launch you into high-demand, entry-level careers in the health and fitness fields.

Or, you may choose to continue your education in a graduate or professional program. You'll have the foundational knowledge and years of hands-on experience to apply to programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, or other health-related degrees.

35% of graduates

in 2018 were admitted to graduate or professional schools.

70% of all students

admitted to physical therapy programs come from kinesiology backgrounds.