Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program involves the study of the human body during exercise and is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in health promotion, performance enhancement/strength and conditioning, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and corporate wellness. Internships are utilized to allow students to work with healthy and high-risk clients of various age and ability.

Exercise Science class.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment as an exercise physiologist is expected to grow 11% by 2024 with an annual average wage of $49,740 (2015). Top paying industries that employ exercise physiologists include higher education ($77,690); federal ($69,730) and local ($52,510) governments; individual and family services; and outpatient care centers.

Exercise Science Major

Students will complete ten courses plus as capstone as follows:

Required Courses:

  • SPSC 120 Functional Human Anatomy 4
  • NASC 107 Nutrition 4
  • SPSC 239 Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations (May Term) 4
  • SPSC 235 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning 4
  • SPSC 250 Personal Health and Wellness 4 OC, CL
  • SPSC 256 Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (Spring Only) 4 CL
  • SPSC 290 Internship Prep Course 1 (must contact Bobbi Sullivan to register)
  • SPSC 310 Exercise Physiology 4 IL
  • SPSC 312 Public Health 4 CL, WC
  • SPSC 341 Exercise Testing & Prescription 4 OC, CT
  • SPSC 319 Internship (Jr. or Sr.) 4
  • SPSC 372 Research Methods (fall only & prerequisite for SpSc 398) 4 QR, WC
  • SPSC 385* Capstone Internship 4 WC, IL
  • SPSC 398* Independent Research 4 WC, IL

Additional Recommended Courses:

  • COOP 119 Career Observation (May Term) 4
  • BIO 225 Human Physiology 4
  • BIO 322 Human Anatomy 4

* Denotes that student may opt for either another internship or independent research as their capstone

Exercise Science Minor

Students will complete six courses as follows:

  • NASC107 Nutrition
  • SPSC 120 Functional Anatomy
  • SPSC 239 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations (May Term)
  • SPSC 235 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning
  • SPSC 310 Exercise Physiology
  • SPSC 341 Exercise Testing and Prescription

Highly Recommended:

  • SPSC 290 Internship Prep Course
  • SPSC 319 Junior or Senior Internship

Typical Four Year Progression:

FRESHMAN YEAR
SPSC 120 Functional Human Anatomy 4
NASC 107 Nutrition 4

SOPHOMORE YEAR
SPSC 235 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning 4
SPSC 310 Exercise Physiology 3
SPSC 341 Exercise Testing & Prescription 4
SPSC 256 Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior 4
SPSC 290 Internship Prep Course 1

JUNIOR YEAR
SPSC 341 Exercise Testing & Prescription 4
SPSC 250 Personal Health (Fall Only) 4
SPSC 239 Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations 4
SPSC 319 Internship 4
SPSC 372 Research Methods (Fall) 4

SENIOR YEAR
SPSC 385 OR 398 Capstone Internship or Independent Research 4
SPSC 312 Public & Community Health (Fall) 4

MAY TERM
COOP 119 Career Observations 4 (Highly recommended, not required)
SPSC 239 Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations 4

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Midwest American College of Sports Medicine (MWACSM)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

American Kinesiology Association (AKA)