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Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sport Science

Become a fitness and nutrition expert for a rewarding career in the wellness industry.



Exercise Science

Our exercise science emphasis explores the science behind human movement, exercise, sports and nutrition. This emphasis includes a broad selection of courses covering a variety of topics, including motor learning and nutrition, chemistry and physics.

Fitness Professional

Our fitness professional emphasis gives you the skills and knowledge to help others improve their health and wellness through fitness and nutrition.

Degree Information

Grade Requirements

A GPA of 2.75 or higher in all courses required for this major. The overall GPA must be 2.00 or better. No more than one “D” is acceptable.

Credit Hour Requirements

A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; a total of 63 credit hours for this major. Ten to 11 credit hours of required support courses may be used as general education credit. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required for graduation with 36-38 upper division hours possible within the required courses for this major.

Cooperative Work Experience

All exercise and sport science majors gain practical experience in their field by completing 5 credit hours of cooperative work experience (internships). Your internship experience makes you more appealing to employers, and you can space your credits out during your degree program as you see fit.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates go on to a wide range of careers, including:

  • Group exercise and fitness instructors
  • Personal trainers
  • High performance trainers
  • Strength and conditioning coaches
  • Health and nutrition educators
  • Exercise specialists
  • Facility/program managers
  • Wellness and weight management directors
  • Activity coordinators
  • Employee fitness directors
  • Fitness sales representatives
  • Cardiac/pulmonary/cancer rehabilitation clinical exercise physiologists

You’ll also prepare for graduate programs like PT, OT, PA, dental, medical optometry biomechanics, exercise physiology and strength and conditioning.