Exercise Science Major

As an exercise science professional, you'll design and implement effective health programs for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Start your journey toward a meaningful career with us.

What You'll Study

The Exercise Science program prepares you for several types of health and fitness specialist certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

It's a career that will take you through designing safe and effective exercise prescriptions and conducting individual exercise programs, fitness testing and health education. You'll find opportunities in settings like public and private fitness clubs, clinical health and rehabilitation programs, sports-specific conditioning facilities and corporate wellness programs. In addition, the major serves as a strong background for pursuing an advanced degree in exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy or medicine.

Through your coursework, you'll gain extensive experience conducting health and fitness assessments and designing safe and effective exercise prescriptions, enabling you to:

  •  Perform fitness evaluations for both healthy and clinical populations,
  •  Teach fitness skills and lead group exercise,
  •  Develop individually tailored exercise prescriptions, and
  •  Display professional knowledge and skills during your required internship.


  • Exercise Science Major

    This program can be completed in as few as eight semesters. After successfully completing degree coursework, students perform a full-time, 400-hour internship at an approved facility, compatible with career and employment goals.

    Course Listing

  • Exercise Science Grad Track

    Exercise Science is a growing field with job opportunities upon graduation in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, worksite or corporate wellness, strength and conditioning from youth sports to elite athlete levels, campus and park recreation as well as personal training. 

    Many students who select Exercise Science as their major do so because they are interested in working in the health care field but do not know specifically what they want to be when they graduate from a 4 year program.  Exercise Science is a great major that allows flexibility in a post-graduate career because the undergraduate work focuses so much on the human body.  Because of this, many of our students in Exercise Science find themselves able to apply to a wide variety of graduate study programs such as Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic School, Physician Assistant Programs, and Medical School. 

    These graduate programs typically require advanced sciences as prerequisites.  For that reason, we offer a second track for Exercise Science majors who know graduate school is for them.  This track heavily emphasizes the sciences, requiring 4 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics courses.  While science prerequisites will vary from graduate program to graduate program and even from state to state, the courses in this track have successfully prepared many of our previous students for entry to graduate school.  We strongly suggest, however, that the student aligns their courses with the prerequisites of graduate program of their choice.  Such prerequisites can typically be found on the graduate program website or by calling the graduate program director of the respective program. 


Internships and Jobs

  •  The White House
  •  Cleveland Clinic
  •  Ohio State University Department of Athletics
  •  Institute of Human Performance
  •  Pride of Hawaii cruise ship
  •  Akron Children's Hospital
  •  Emory University
  •  Building Blocks Therapy
  •  YSU Strength and Conditioning Department
  •  Honda Motor Company
  •  Turner Fitness Club at CNN Headquarters
  •  The PGA of America

One More Thing

The Exercise Science professors are amazing, and they really do care about you. Their passion for the subject shines through and makes you excited to enter this amazing field!"

Alexandria Orosz, Class of 2017