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Exercise Science

The mission of the Kinesiology Department, in support of the mission of Aquinas College and grounded in the liberal arts tradition, is to prepare each student for a career that promotes movement, activity, and lifelong learning, and the role these factors play in the development of a whole person.

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Explore APPLIED SPORT and Exercise SCIENCE at AQ

Career Preparation based on leadership

Applied Sport and Exercise Science students learn to work in the fitness industry as Exercise Physiologists, Strength and Conditioning Coaches or Personal Trainers, prepare take the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Strength and Conditioning Specialists exam, and/or further their education in graduate school in the area.



This award is given annually by the Department of Kinesiology at Aquinas College to recognize undergraduate students for excellence in the Applied Sport and Exercise Science major. Excellence may be demonstrated by high academic achievement and practical application, field research, leadership, and/or community service.

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Applied Sport and 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 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. 

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Quick Facts: Exercise Physiologist
2022 Median Pay $51,350 per year 
$24.69 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's Degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2022 16,500
Job Outlook, 2022-32 10% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2022-32 1,700

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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