Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education
Potential Career Opportunities:
Biomechanist, Community Fitness Specialist, Exercise Physiologist, Fitness Club Management, Hospital Based Fitness & Wellness Specialist, Laboratory Technician, Personal Trainer, Physical Activity Specialist, Physical Therapy Aid or Technician, Sports Industry/Equipment Exercise Science Specialist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Worksite Fitness/Wellness Specialist.
- Appropriate for students in the pre-professional programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine.
- Based on the goals and objectives of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
- Prepares students for certification by the ACSM.
Exercise science students receive several opportunities for practical fieldwork experiences. Whether in the various on-campus laboratories and classwork (lab methods, practicum) or the off-campus internships, students are encouraged and supported to gain initial exposure to practical settings, allowing them to apply skills and knowledge gained in course work in a supervised situation/setting.
Practical experiences include fitness evaluation, writing exercise prescriptions, supervision of exercise programs for various populations, working closely with faculty on research projects, administration of wellness and health promotion activities and programs, fitness leadership, etc. Internships consist of a minimum of 300 hours completed in one semester at a corporate, commercial, hospital, or agency organization selected by the student in consultation with the internship coordinator.
Students must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.5, no grade lower than "C-" in required courses, and no incomplete in required courses to do an internship and be recommended for graduation.