Bachelor in Exercise Science


Program Description

Why pursue an Exercise Science degree at North Central College?

An exercise science degree will prepare you for a career as an exercise professional in the rapidly growing world of health, fitness, and human performance. Its broad-based curriculum balances the applied art of fitness programming with the scientific fundamentals of anatomy and physiology.

North Central’s exercise science program is also recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Students in the major are prepared for careers in strength and conditioning, medical fitness, corporate fitness and wellness, personal training and human performance. Many students choose to use the exercise science major to prepare for graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, medicine, exercise physiology, chiropractic or others.

You can also:

  • Utilize Dartfish motion analysis software in your coursework.
  • Benefit from networking with area exercise professionals.
  • Take advantage of support from our pre-health advisor if you wish to pursue graduate studies.
  • Benefit from a curriculum recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Educational Recognition Program (ERP).
  • Engage in practical hands-on learning in a new state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory and throughout the curriculum.
  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) and/or National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS). The Exercise Science curriculum at North Central College prepares students with the knowledge and skill areas needed to succeed at these rigorous certifications.


Exercise Science, B.S.

Exercise Science is a broad discipline that studies the effects of physical activity on the human body. Exercise Science includes topics such as kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness assessment, exercise training techniques and exercise programming for healthy and special populations.

Exercise Science is a degree that prepares graduates to work in a wide range of careers related to health, fitness and human performance.


Exercise Science Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


Recent graduates in exercise science interned in:

  • Athletic Development
  • Medical Fitness
  • Youth Fitness
  • Corporate and Community Fitness
  • Rehabilitation

Graduate Schools

Graduates in exercise science have been accepted at:

  • Benedictine University
  • Midwestern University
  • Palmer Chiropractic
  • Pacific University
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Rush University
  • Soma Institute
  • Rosalind Franklin University
  • Northwestern University


Careers in exercise science include:

  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Personal fitness trainer
  • Corporate fitness administrator
  • Medical fitness administrator
  • Youth fitness specialist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Chiropractor

Invest in your future

Choosing the right college is a big decision. Don’t make it alone. North Central’s admission and financial aid team is here to help you design a financial aid solution that works best for you and your family.

Merit scholarships, grants, loans, campus employment - these are just some of the resources available to you. Over 95 percent of students and 100 percent of all eligible students receive aid. Let our team partner with you in finding the best value for your education.

Admission Timeline

North Central makes admission decisions on a rolling basis starting on October 1 for the next academic year. While there is no set deadline, we recommend the following priority deadlines for full consideration and to allow time for visa processing:

  • May 1 - for the semester beginning in August
  • October 1 - for the semester beginning in January.

Our academic calendar will have two semesters starting in August 2020, and you can start your program in August or January. Most new students begin in August.


Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Founded in 1861 and home to 2900 students, North Central offers a safe, affordable, hands-on, campus-based American university experience in a terrific location. Our career-focused liberal arts educat ... Read More

Founded in 1861 and home to 2900 students, North Central offers a safe, affordable, hands-on, campus-based American university experience in a terrific location. Our career-focused liberal arts education - with particular strengths in business, global studies, and STEM fields - offers critical thinking and communication skills, deep subject knowledge, and life skills learned in small, faculty-taught classes and practical experiences in Naperville/Chicago, Illinois. A Bachelor’s degree from North Central is your first step to a challenging, fulfilling career. Read less