Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science


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Program Description

Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program at BHSU is a composite major in Exercise Science that prepares students for work in health-related fitness and graduate programs in allied health such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Nursing. This student-focused program will give you the opportunity to work with professors who have years of experience in the field, plus provide you access to these professors daily for counseling and advice. We keep our class sizes small to give you optimal personal attention. Located in the state-of-the-art Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness center, this program offers you great internship opportunities on and off campus and will prepare you for various career opportunities. We are big enough to offer opportunity, small enough to provide service. Each individual student is the focus of the Wellness Management program.

Course requirements for a major in Exercise Science

Required Core - 41 credit hours

  • First Aid & CPR
  • Nutrition
  • Excercise Programming for Special Populations & 425L Lab
  • Stress Management
  • Fitness Assessment & 216L Lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology & 250L Lab
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Exercise Leadership
  • Theory of Strength Training & Conditioning
  • Internship

Select One Specialization
Management Specialization - 18 credit hours

  • Small Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship I
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship II
  • Personal Selling
  • Technology Integration

Science Specialization - 18 credit hours

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biology Survey I & Lab & 4 BIOL 103/L - Biology Survey II & Lab


  • General Biology I & Lab and 4 BIOL 153/L - General Biology II & Lab
  • General Chemistry I & Lab


  • Chemistry Survey & Lab

Gen Ed Requirements

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Mathematics
  • Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • Wellness for Life & 100L Lab
  • Gen Ed - Social Science
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

Career and graduate school opportunities with a degree in Exercise Science

There are many career options that await you after completing this program. Some of our graduates' careers:

  • Exercise Specialist with Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Recreation Director
  • Professional Strongman
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Massage Therapy
  • Diabetes Education
  • Small Business Owner

Your employment opportunities depend on what you do while you are here. All of our students who have a 3.5 or better get into graduate school and we offer 100% placement for those students who achieve national certification in the area of Personal Training. To learn more about the national certifications in this area of study visit If you are interested in graduate school, we will spend considerable time working with you. Our graduates who have attended graduate schools across the country are always willing to talk to our current students and offer advice, and we explore the many options that are available for our students.

Last updated Feb 2018

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