Exercise Science is the study of human movement and how physical activity impacts the body. The mission of the Exercise Science major and minor is to promote physical activity and exercise as a way to achieve and maintain health, physical fitness, and quality of life.

The CUAA Advantage

An Exercise Science degree from CUAA offers you more than a diploma. It offers you:

  • Professors who combine classroom instruction with laboratory experiences, field work opportunities and the latest industry research
  • A physical education internship
  • 19 NAIA Division II sports on campus
  • On-campus organizations, activities, and intramural sports to develop leadership skills
  • A Lutheran higher education community committed to helping you develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world

Learning Outcomes

As a CUAA Exercise Science graduate, you’ll enter the workforce with the knowledge needed to:

  • Conduct safe and effective exercise tests and fitness evaluations for healthy and at risk populations
  • Design effective exercise programs
  • Use weight training to achieve individual health and fitness goals
  • Treat common activity-related injuries
  • Recognize, prevent, and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses
  • Educate others about the relationship between health and lifestyle choices including nutrition, exercise, stress, weight management, and disease prevention
  • Explore and address the psychological aspects of exercise including motivation
  • Use nutrition for wellness and performance across genders, age groups, and ethnicities

Career Paths

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science are prepared for entry-level positions such as:

  • Exercise/fitness specialist
  • Group fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Corporate fitness coordinator
  • Health club team member
  • Strength and conditioning coach in high school, college, and professional sports


The Exercise Science curriculum includes coursework in anatomy and physiology, first aid, nutrition and wellness, sports psychology, healthy lifestyles, and athletic training. See our course catalog for details.

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graduate studies in the health field

Recommended High School Prep

  • English
  • Math
  • Lab Science
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language