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Undergraduate - Exercise Science

About the Program

The exercise science program is one of several in the Human Movement Sciences (HMS) Department. A solid foundation in the natural sciences is a prerequisite for much of the course work in the exercise science curriculum. Academic preparation focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise related to apparently healthy and high risk populations as well as those with cardiovascular, pulmonary and/or metabolic disease. The exercise science curriculum follows the guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Students are strongly encouraged to earn ACSM certification. Many students have successfully completed the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor certification examination after completing the curriculum.

*Program is pending SCHEV approval

The Scientific Foundations Track is designed for students desiring further education in such allied health areas as physical therapy, physician assistant training, medicine and biomedical sciences; the coursework is more rigorous as admission standards to postgraduate studies in these fields is highly competitive. The Preventive/Rehabilitative Track prepares students for careers in cardiac rehabilitation, personal training and corporate wellness and includes a semester-long internship.

The exercise science curriculum includes a clinical internship which provides professional experiences to support the academic course of study. Requirements include the completion of 400 documented hours in an approved setting and completion of pre-determined goals and objectives. In the past, students have completed internships in such prestigious settings as the US Olympic Training Center. Additional internship sites include clinical settings such as cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, preventive settings such as fitness and corporate wellness centers; and research settings such as human performance laboratories. The internship is a requirement for students in the Preventive/Rehabilitative track.

Requirements for program completion can be found in the catalog.


Program Outcomes

Retention Rates 98%
Graduate Satisfaction 93%

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