Bachelor of Science in Health & Exercise Science

Degree Awarded: 
Bachelor's Degree

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The Health and Exercise Science (HES) baccalaureate degree program is a curriculum that allows students to explore the scientific foundations of human exercise as well as current issues relating to individual and community health.

In this program, students study the areas of human anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, psychology of physical activity, first aid and safety, nutrition, and other aspects of health, as well as a wide range of general education subjects.

The program combines field and laboratory experiences with classroom instruction, so students have "hands-on" practice in the areas of personal training, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, hospital wellness programs, and corporate fitness.  These experiences help prepare the graduates to provide services in the use of exercise and fitness activities in the clinical, corporate, and commercial environments.

Students will also develop the knowledge and skills necessary to continue their education in health-related graduate programs inluding physician assistant, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, medical school, and other allied health professions.  The bachelor's degree in health and exercise science offers students flexibility to choose elective coursework to fit their personal career goals.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist Certification Examination or the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Examination.

Program Mission: 

The mission of the Health and Exercise Science program is to develop students' focus within an academic setting that encourages their knowledge in the areas of health and exercise science.

Through the curriculum and faculty-student interactions, graduates of the Health and Exercise Science program will develop the knowledge and proficiency necessary for practice or continuation to graduate level education.

Program Goals Intro: 

At the conclusion of the program, students will:

Program Goals: 
  • Analyze, critique and apply theory and research from health exercise science and related fields to understanding of physical fitness and health.
  • Demonstrate integration of health exercise science research and theory into clinical practice for improving individuals' exercise and fitness behaviors
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills requisite for graduate education in health exercise science and other related medical and allied health fields, entry-level physical fitness and wellness and/or community health education positions.
  • Demonstrate effective professional communication, cultural sensitivity, and a commitment to life-long learning.
Career Outlook: 

When students graduate, they will have the opportunity to find employment in a vast variety of settings. Click on the links below to see some of the fitness and clinical careers our graduates can pursue.

  • Health & Exercise Science Fitness Careers
  • Health & Exercise Science Clinical Careers
Admission Requirements: 
  • Click here for the general information on admissions requirements.
Other Information: 
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