Exercise Science

Run longer. Reach farther. Heal faster.

Major in Exercise Science

Exercise science is the study of human health, wellness, and movement. You'll explore the boundaries of what the human body can do through research, internships, and real-life, hands-on experience 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 continue to graduate or professional schools, on their way to becoming physical therapists, physician assistants, and occupational therapists.

Explore the Exercise Science curriculum

Work with adults and children

In our community clinics, you'll teach fitness classes, give fitness evaluations, or help children with disabilities to develop coordination, confidence, and self esteem.

Research with the best

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

Spend a week at Camp Brosius

You'll develop leadership, teamwork, and problem solving skills in a summer immersion program in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Start your dream job

The exercise science track will prepare you for high-demand, entry-level careers in the health and sports fields. Here's a short list of opportunities available to exercise science graduates:


  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Health Coach
  • Medical Sales Professional
  • Personal Trainer
  • Wellness Coach


  • Athletic Performance Researcher
  • Sports Performance Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Team Sport Coach

Continue your education

You may choose to continue your education at a graduate or professional school. 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. Your career options will be far-reaching and in high demand:

Pre-Professional Preparation

  • Athletic Trainer
  • College Faculty Member
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Optometrist