The Health and Exercise Science major provides foundational scientific knowledge and clinical applications enhancing wellness, quality of life, and physical activity across the lifespan. The curriculum encompasses a biopsychosocial model of health with an expanded emphasis on understanding the role of physical activity and exercise to improve health and optimize human performance.

Our program prepares students to enter careers in the health, fitness, or wellness industries. Additionally, with the selection of prerequisite coursework, graduates may pursue admission to graduate programs including: athletic training, behavioral and mental health, chiropractic medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and public health programs.


  • Athletic Conditioning and Performance
  • Exercise Programming for Special Populations
  • Health, Physical Activity, and Aging
  •  Human Nutrition
  • Principles of Human Performance
  • Physiological Adaptations and Management of Stress

The program has three concentrations:

Clinical Exercise Science
This track prepares students for entry-level careers in clinical exercise settings. In addition, students have the opportunity to prepare for graduate programs in a health-related field. Common careers include: cardiac rehabilitation specialist, clinical exercise physiologist, or exercise specialist in a medical fitness facility. Common graduate programs: athletic training, chiropractic. medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or physician assistant studies.

Sport Performance and Active Aging

This track prepares students to design and implement exercise programs across the lifespan. Common career industries: Community and corporate fitness, group exercise instruction, personal training, strength and conditioning, sport coaching, or wellness coaching. Common graduate programs: Athletic training, exercise science, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and public health.

Health Promotion
This track prepares students to promote protective and negative health behaviors and risk factors, the social determinants of health, and interventions to promote well-being across the lifespan. Common career industries: Healthcare facilities, non profit or public health organizations, corporate fitness, or geriatric settings. Common graduate programs: health education, public health, behavioral and mental health specialists, social work, healthcare administration, and health-related law and policy.

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