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Exercise Science

Major and Minor

What will I learn?

In addition to learning about the physical affects of exercise, you will also learn the essentials of behavioral modification. You will design a program within the clinical and fitness arena for a non-athlete and work with them on their diet and fitness plan.The Exercise Science program will prepare you for the certification testing in the ACSM – American College of Sports Medicine and the NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association.

You will focus on clinical anatomy and its specific application in movement, mechanics and muscular exercise in relation to sports, posture, corrective exercise and activities of everyday living. A introduction to biomechanics & gait analysis will be included.

What can I do with my degree?

While some students proceed to graduate schools for an advanced degree in the health related fields, others become employed with health agencies, hospitals, fitness centers, business and industry, research laboratories or any other setting which provides physical fitness enhancement programs for clients and patients.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment as an exercise physiologist is expected to grow at a faster than average rate of 13% by 2026.

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Darrin Seamster '11

Darrin Seamster '11

Internships In Physical Education and Coaching

Because of Simpson College, I gained real world experience through my internships in physical education and coaching.

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Kate Nielsen '14

Kate Nielsen '14

Accepted Into Des Moines University Doctorate Of Physical Therapy Program

Simpson’s location and connections with Des Moines was something very appealing to me. I knew I would need internships and observation hours for physical therapy, and I knew that the possibilities were endless through Simpson.

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