The Exercise Science Option should be the option of choice for the student interested in employment as a fitness instructor, strength and conditioning coach, worksite health promotion coordinator, or any similar field. This option will also prepare students for graduate study in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, health promotion, and fitness and wellness.
The Exercise Science Option is also an ideal choice for those students wanting to prepare for admission to advanced clinical programs. The Exercise Science Option can enable students to fulfill prerequisites, while at the same time obtaining a Bachelor's degree. Many students in the option are seeking admission to clinical programs, such as, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, physician assistant, and medical school.
Marketability and advancement within these professions can be enhanced by additional certification through such organizations as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Completion of the degree in the Exercise Science Option is designed to prepare students to successfully complete most of these certification processes.
A limited number of internships are available for qualified Exercise Science Option students interested in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, worksite health promotion, and strength and conditioning.
Websites of Interest
American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength & Conditioning Association
National Strength & Conditioning Association-Certification Site
American Society for Exercise Physiologist
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
American Association for Cardiovascular ad Pulmonary Rehabilitation
American Physical Therapy Association
American Academy of Physician Assistants