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The exercise science concentration prepares students to serve as leaders of fitness, health and conditioning programs in corporate, commercial, university and clinical settings that provide exercise programming for apparently healthy individuals and those with chronic disease. Career paths include exercise physiologist, corporate fitness director, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist and wellness director. Additionally, the exercise science concentration prepares students for graduate study in exercise science or athletic training and offers an excellent option for those students who want to obtain the pre-requisites for post-graduate study in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine.

Student learning outcomes

  • National standing in strength and conditioning: Students will demonstrate knowledge in optimal strength and conditioning assessments and programming for a variety of populations.
  • National standing in exercise physiology: Students will apply knowledge and skills in exercise testing, prescription and program development for both healthy and medically appropriate populations.
  • Effective communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively by giving an oral presentation in class.