Human Movement Sciences

Exercise Science Degree Enriches Opportunities

Advancing and restoring physical function

Dan Goble stands with hands in pockets in front of student on treadmill while another student watches and student standing on balance devise while another student works on laptop.

icon of a calendarJanuary 27, 2020

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The School of Health Sciences has added a new degree-granting program to its roster: the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.

While students have had the opportunity to pursue a minor or concentration in exercise science, this major offers a robust range of courses to cover the three main branches of the discipline, (exercise physiology, biomechanics and motor control) and a pre-physical therapy track. 

“There’s a fair amount of hands-on learning in this program,” says Dann Goble, Ph.D., program coordinator. “We have state-of-the-art labs where students can collect and interpret data as a part of their classes and work with faculty in a variety of research projects.”  

Learning outside of the classroom is an integral part of the program as well, Goble explains. “There are many exercise science programs in the country, but ours is more focused in community engagement” he says. “We have an internship component where students participate with various community partners and gain experiences for their future careers.”

With a comprehensive array of academic courses, exceptional lab facilities, and meaningful internship experiences, the program aims to provide exercise science students with a competitive advantage in starting their post-graduate careers. 

Charles Marks, Ph.D., has served in the Master of Science in Exercise Science program for many years. According to Marks, the exercise science undergraduate degree provides excellent preparation for professional positions or earning a spot in a competitive, advanced degree, such as a Master of Science in Exercise Science or Doctorate of Physical Therapy, both offered in the School of Health Sciences.  

The exercise science program has seen a positive response to its new bachelor’s degree. “There are already over 100 students in the program and we anticipate many more,” Goble says.  

“Earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science is the ideal foundation for many exciting careers and opportunities in human movement science,” adds Marks. 

Explore the possibilities that a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science can offer you.

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