Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

A Bachelor’s in Exercise Science can prepare you for many paths that shape people’s lives for the better, from becoming a healthcare professional, working in fitness training, conducting clinical research or wellness coaching.

Arts and Sciences

Department of Health and Human Performance

Become a beacon for a higher quality of life

Your studies will consist of a wide range of knowledge that fosters physical health. This program will allow you to help people move towards personal growth and reach their full potential. You can promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices. You will study how to prevent injury and illness and to keep people youthful and fit. You will examine how diet affects the body and how to harness the power of good nutrition including quality food, digestion and absorption. You will explore exercise physiology to learn movement and coordination and the practices that help keep the body active.

Quick Facts

Credits 126
Careers
  • Exercise Psychologist
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Aerobics Instructor
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Financial Aid

The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

You will participate in the multidisciplinary study of human movement from biological, physical and health science. You will understand body behavior and optimization and study the inner workings of the body systems, bones, tissue and muscles. Through this core understanding of the body, you will be able to serve others and help them be their best version. Whether through exercise, weight control, injury prevention or physical fitness, you’ll understand exercise testing and prescription for healthy and at-risk populations. After learning about weight training, and educating others on the impact of lifestyle choices, you will create and design effective exercise programs.

Topics you’ll cover along the way include nutrition, stress, weight management, disease prevention, and psychological aspects of exercise. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science are prepared for entry-level positions like exercise/fitness specialist, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, work in corporate fitness programs and health clubs, or as a strength and conditioning coach in high schools, colleges, and professional sport teams. This program also has a focus on clear communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, leadership and facilitating learning. During this program, you will learn tracking, data analysis and research techniques that you can integrate into your practice.

What to Expect

You will be expected to study exercise physiology and kinesiology in applied settings. You will learn about topics such as training, conditioning, rehabilitation and stretching. You will take courses that cover the cardiorespiratory, nervous and musculoskeletal systems and how they respond to activity. Our new, state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab boasts hands-on equipment for preparation and training in the exercise science fields. The Exercise Science program gives you the opportunity to gain valuable internship experience dependent upon your career goals. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for entry-level positions and/or graduate school due to four years of high-level instruction and practical experience.

Locations
  • Ann Arbor

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