Exercise science involves the study of physical activity and how the body responds. The field is comprised of various subdisciplines including exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and the psychology of physical activity. Students interested in the Exercise Science major should have a strong background in the sciences including biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.
Exercise scientists rely on scientific principles in these areas to advance their understanding of how the body responds to exercise and to advocate physical activity to prevent diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Exercise Science Career Possibilities
Traditionally, exercise scientists have focused on enhancing athletic performance. Currently, exercise scientists also work and study in commercial, clinical, and workplace settings to increase health, fitness, and quality of life of the general population.
Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, wellness program coordinators, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, group exercise instructor, biomechanist, exercise physiologist, corporate or recreational fitness director, certified personal trainer, certified strength and conditioning coach, exercise test technologist, sales or marketing of medical/fitness equipment, pharmaceuticals sales, geriatric recreational therapist. The following career paths are additional options for exercise science students, and may require further training and/or education: athletic trainer, dietitian or sports nutritionist, occupational or physical therapist, medical doctor or physician's assistant, nurse, researcher, academician, chiropractor.