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Exercise Science

Program Overview

In the Exercise Science program you’ll apply what you learn to improve health, wellness, athletic performance, injury prevention, and injury recovery. Major students study the impact of inactivity and poor nutrition on chronic disease as well as ways to improve athletic performance, optimize training and recovery from exercise, and reduce injury. The program integrates learning experiences in the classroom with direct application in the laboratory.

There are three Exercise Science tracks to choose from:

  • Kinesiology Track
  • Health and Fitness Track
  • K-12 Licensure Track

The Kinesiology track is the traditional major that prepares you for graduate school or for a job in a health care related field. This track requires science electives to ensure requirements are met for those looking into graduate school. The Health and Fitness track prepares you for careers in fitness and sport and is designed to align with certification requirements from the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The K-12 Licensure track leads to a teaching license. This qualifies you to teach Physical Education in all public and private K-12 schools.

“The seniors that came before me led the way. I want to leave the same impact on the freshman. I want to leave behind a great culture for the next generation at King... I plan on going to graduate school for a master of athletic training."
Madelynn Alyea '21, Exercise Science Major
Jobs for Exercise Science Graduates
Corporate Fitness and Wellness InstructorRecreational Therapist
Health Care SpecialistPersonal Trainer
K-12 Physical Education TeacherPhysical Therapist
Nutrition and Exercise SpecialistPhysician's Assistant
Occupational TherapistSports Physiologist
Emily Conner
Professor of Exercise Science
Sam Henley
Professor of Exercise Science

Exercise Science Coursework

  • To view all required courses for a BS in Exercise Science, click here.
  • To view all required courses for a Minor in Exercise Science, click here.
  • For course descriptions, click here.