About Exercise Science

Exercise Science is a science-based and human-focused degree path that focuses on practical application. The degree prepares students for graduate schools and careers in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, physical/occupational therapy, athletic training, corporate wellness, health coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, and other health-related areas.

Exercise Science - General Emphasis


The General Emphasis curriculum focuses on working directly with clients and health behaviors. Courses like small group personal training, group fitness, and health behavior change give students evidence-based hands-on experience to help them transition into their current career fields.

Exercise Science - Practitioner Emphasis


The Practitioner Emphasis curriculum is science-oriented and puts students on the path to meet application requirements for many graduate programs. It is important that students check the requirements for their professional schools of choice as some require classes in addition to those contained in this concentration. Most programs also require that the student take the Graduate Record Examination or the MCAT.

Graduate School Programs recommended for the Practitioner Emphasis:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Chiropractics
  • Athletic Training (General or Practitioner)
  • Occupational Therapist (General or Practitioner)

Pre-Professional Tracks

Pre-Professional Tracks are suggested course tracks to help you meet the general requirements for most graduate schools in the discipline. For example, all Physical Therapy schools have to have requirements determined by their governing association, but some schools add to the list, making all schools a little different. Use these tracks as guides to make sure you have all of the required courses for the schools you plan to apply to. Almost all of the requirements need to be completed by the time you apply to the schools. Pre-professional tracks are not transcribable meaning you cannot declare a track and have it on your transcripts.

Search for Pre-Professional Tracks in the Academic Catalog. Each track has a faculty advisor.

Interested in learning more about the Exercise Science Major?

Contact Dr. Corey Selland (undergraduate program coordinator) or our other faculty, to learn about our courses, experiential learning, and the Holbrook Exercise Physiology Center.