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    Exercise Science

Why Study

Exercise Science is the study of movement and the associated functional responses and adaptations that are seen within the body. An exercise scientist must understand the scientific basis underlying exercise-induced responses that we see in the body of a physical active individuals. The field of exercise science is typically much broader than sports medicine, ranging from the study of how organ systems work at the cellular level when confronted with disease, to improving the biomechanical efficiency of an employee working on an assembly line. Exercise science graduates may work in a wide variety of careers within the umbrella of exercise science such as Aerobics Instructors, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Personal Trainers or Corporate Health Advisors. This major also could be used as a stepping stone to earning an advanced degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Recreation Therapy.


The Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center and Alksnis Athletics & Recreation Building, home to Exercise Science, have classroom and activity space not usually found at schools our size.


Smaller class sizes than similar-sized schools enhance professor-student interaction.


Community partnerships and internships provide real-world application and hands-on learning experience.


Alumni are well placed and respected in their fields, providing students with a network of contacts for internships and employment.