Exercise Science, B.S.

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Our new exercise science degree draws on Oakland University’s traditional strengths.

New for the 2019-20 academic year, our bachelor’s degree in exercise science builds on Oakland University’s outstanding master’s-level exercise science degree. We introduced the undergraduate exercise science major to meet the rapid growth in exercise science careers, offering an exercise science degree that equips you for graduate school or immediate employment. You’ll get an accelerated education as an exercise science major at Oakland University, exploring the interrelationships among physical fitness, disease prevention, stress management, nutrition, and overall health. Our exercise science program enables you to gain hands-on clinical experience and participate in research, building a solid foundation for an exercise science career in physical therapy, athletic training, health education, or a related profession.

Exercise Science Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Oakland University provides exercise science majors with advanced opportunities that are typically associated with graduate programs. You’ll have the chance to interact with sports trainers, physical therapists, and other specialists, developing well-rounded skills and professional polish that get your exercise science career off to a fast start.

In addition, our exercise science degree stands out for its:

  • Clinical experience. You’ll get out of the classroom routinely in our exercise science program, working with practitioners and patients in real-world clinical settings. The program enables you to work with diverse populations on and off campus, ranging from elite athletes to senior citizens. You’ll gain direct hands-on experience that’s rare in an undergraduate exercise science program.
  • Community connections. Oakland University’s partnerships in Southeast Michigan yield a host of benefits for exercise science majors. You’ll have easy access to hospitals, schools, rehab facilities, medical device manufacturers, and other organizations for internships, research projects, and more.
  • Spirit of innovation. Our tradition of leadership in exercise science stretches back several decades. We’ve had a hand in pioneering numerous breakthroughs in exercise science.
  • Attentive faculty. Our exercise science degree is led by renowned experts who are at the top of their field. Most courses are taught by seasoned instructors (not grad students or adjuncts) in small classes, enabling you to form real relationships with faculty. They can offer professional mentorship and academic guidance that can have a big impact on your exercise science career.
  • Career preparation. We have a reputation as a strong source of exercise science professionals, thanks to the track record established by graduates of our master’s-level exercise science degree. You’ll get serious consideration from employers and graduate school admissions committees, simply by having an exercise science degree from Oakland University.

Exercise Science Careers

Exercise science has emerged as an important branch of the health care industry, as research has proven the benefits of overall fitness in disease prevention. There’s also high demand for exercise science professionals to work with patients recovering from surgery, cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses. And if you’re interested in working with high-performance athletes, an exercise science degree can be a first step toward a career in athletic training.

The exercise science major may be right for you if you seek to work in professions such as:

  • Athletic training
  • Exercise physiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Recreation programming
  • Physical education
  • Coaching
  • Sports nutrition
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Kinesiology

Exercise Science Degree: What You’ll Study

The exercise science degree draws on multiple disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and health sciences. You’ll take introductory courses in chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physiology, with additional requirements in areas such as:

  • Personal and occupational health
  • Exercise physiology
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Research methods
  • Adulthood and aging
  • Safety and first aid
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Strength training
  • Human motion analysis
  • Athletic training
  • Wellness
  • Injury prevention and recovery

The exercise science major includes a required practicum in a professional setting such as a health care facility or fitness center.

  • My future career:

    Athletic Trainer

  • My future career:

    Exercise Physiologist

  • My future career:

    Recreation Worker

  • My future career:

    Health Educator

  • My future career:

    Dietitian and Nutritionist

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    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

    ** These professional organizations provide an excellent starting point for your research. There are many more resources available online.

    Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Corporate Wellness Instructor
    • Dietitian and Nutritionist
    • Fitness Consultant
    • Health and Wellness Educator
    • Massage Therapist
    • Personal Trainer
    • Public Health Worker
    • Recreation and Fitness Worker