Exercise Science

The Exercise Science degree has an interdisciplinary commitment from scientists and educators to provide students with an understanding of exercise and sports performance. Majors in exercise science can choose optional concentrations in Pre-professional, Strength & Conditioning or Clinical Exercise Physiology.


The pre-professional concentration is designed to provide students with the skills of an exercise scientist with ambitions of post-undergraduate studies. Students utilize the concentration often with the desires for careers such as: physicians and physicians assitants, rehabilitative therapies, chiropractics, and other wellness related careers. Courses required give students the exercise science structure with extra built-in hours to help achieve requirements for professional school.

Clinical Exercise Physiology

This concentration provides the academic preparation for students interested in working in a clinical setting with a variety of populations which include obese, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, and pediatric. Classes designed to teach students about specific pathophysiologies and the accompanying exercise recommendations along with a substantial internship experience will prepare students for graduate study or immediate entry into the work force.

Strength and Conditioning

Students interested in attending graduate school to study exercise science, pursuing a career as a conditioning coach, or working in fitness/wellness programs (personal training, etc.) may want to consider this academic course of study. Strength and Conditioning courses prepare students to work in applied and academic settings by focusing on the science behind exercise and sport performance.

Minor in Exercise Science

Program of Study: Minor

A minor in Exercise Science consists of 17-21 semester hours of the following courses:

Anatomy/Physiology Courses: 4 or 8 credit hours
ES 2030 _____(4) Concepts in Human Anatomy and Physiology
ES 2040_____(4) Human Anatomy
ES 2050_____(4) Human Physiology 

Other ES Courses: 13 credit hours
ES 2002_____(3) Introduction to Exercise Science
ES 2005_____(3) Introduction to Physiological Assessment
ES 3002_____(3) Exercise Physiology
ES 3550_____(4) Introduction to Biomechanics


Beginning in the fall semester (2020) the Beaver College of Health Sciences will require all graduate and undergraduate students, who as a part of their program of study have required or elective clinicals, internships, field placements, or practicums, to submit to a criminal background check. The BCHS policy can be found here.