Health and Exercise Science

Welcome to Health and Exercise Science!

The Minor, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs in Health and Exercise Science bring to life the interdisciplinary nature of the health sciences by exposing students to the physiological, biochemical, psychological, behavioral, and mechanical principles of applied exercise science. Through a diverse array of experiential learning opportunities, students develop transferable skills grounded in the liberal arts, positioning them to become the problem-solvers of the future, prepared for careers in medicine, rehabilitation, public health, movement science, wellness, nutrition, and sport performance. Need help determining your pathway? Click here to learn more.

Experiential Learning at its Finest

Our degree paths have been structured to provide students with introductory and advanced exposure to scientific principles and practical applications in applied exercise physiology, movement science, and clinical exercise science. In addition to encouraging student choice within the major, these tracks support the pursuit of dual majors, minors, or concentrations in programs like Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, and Public Health Studies. Our programs support student development related to:

  • Assessing, building, and implementing exercise protocols for apparently healthy and special populations;
  • Administering clinical and fitness testing including blood pressure, EKG, and cardiovascular assessments;
  • Communicating effectively with scientific and lay audiences, both orally and in writing;
  • Synthesizing and evaluating evidence to develop and test hypotheses in research and laboratory settings;
  • Creating innovative treatment protocols to manage disease, disability, and physical function in athletic and special populations;
  • Applying scientific principles and technical skills in a variety of clinical and athletic contexts to solve real-world problems

Our programs have been developed to encourage student engagement in research, internships, study away, and to pursue professional certification prior to graduation. Click to learn more about our Experiential Learning opportunities.

Professional Pathways in HEXS

Health and Exercise Science majors are equipped with the knowledge and experience to pursue graduate coursework or a variety of careers related to wellness, fitness instruction or personal training, strength and conditioning, and rehabilitation. Recent graduates have pursued careers in cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical exercise physiology, physician assistant studies, chiropractic, athletic training, speech therapy, performance coaching, nursing, medicine, and epidemiology. Wondering how you'll get there from here? Let us help you plan your pathway!