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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Are you interested in being a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physician Assistant, Medical Doctor, or Strength and Conditioning Coach?

Exercise science is the scientific study of human movement performed to maintain or improve health and wellness. This applied science field is focused on using exercise to prevent disease, facilitate rehabilitation, promote health, and enhance human performance.

Curriculum

What You’ll Learn

Your degree will prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work as a professional in various health professions. You will be skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, developing and implementing safe and effective exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. Exercise science professionals perform these activities in medical, commercial, university, corporate, or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion, fitness, sports performance, and rehabilitation activities. 

Internship Experience

As part of the Exercise Science major, you will be required to participate in a 300-hour supervised summer internship ( opens in a new windowEXSI 451) providing integral hands-on experience and exposing you to the job market in Exercise Science-related businesses and agencies. This internship will give you opportunities to apply your knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained through traditional coursework and experiential activities from the classroom. Prerequisites include candidacy, EXSI 432: Seminar in Exercise Science, and valid Adult CPR/AED certifications.

Available Concentrations

For a more in-depth look at program requirements and concentrations, visit our opens in a new windowAcademic Catalog.

Health Fitness Concentration

The Health Fitness Concentration offers potential career pathways to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, corporate wellness, exercise physiology, and strength and conditioning.

Health Sciences Concentration

The Health Sciences concentration will prepare students for a career as a physician
assistant.

Pre-Professional Concentration

The Pre-Professional Concentration offers potential career pathways to physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medicine.

Outcomes

What You’ll Do

Exercise Science majors receive exemplary career preparation along with a solid education in the liberal arts and sciences. They all participate in the campus-wide Professional Readiness Experience, while also focusing on resume writing, understanding LinkedIn, professional dress, dinner etiquette, and mock interviewing. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that students are learning job transferable skills. The program results in professionals of high integrity who are ready to take on the challenges of graduate school or full-time employment.

The significant time that students have been involved in real-life laboratory sessions enables them to demonstrate practical experience and fluency with equipment and technology for Exercise Science.

Completion of the Exercise Science degree prepares students to take certification exams offered by several professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Post-Graduate Options

The majority of Gardner-Webb University Exercise Science majors pursue advanced study after graduation. Graduate degree pursuits include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Corporate wellness

Just some of the graduate schools which have admitted our recent graduates include:

  • East Carolina University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Lenoir-Ryne University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Western Carolina University
  • Breanu University
  • Ohio State University
  • Medical University of South Carolina

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Admission Requirements

The Exercise Science major is one of the more competitive majors at the University. The application is evaluated more favorably when there is a clear intent to pursue this major, evidenced by the completion of some courses included in the major in addition to the prerequisite courses with high grades, particularly the science courses.