The Exercise Science major is designed to strengthen the science education of students, prepare a path to graduate education in exercise sciences and health professions, and better serve those students who wish to pursue careers in the health, fitness, and exercise industry.
The Exercise Science Program
Of the over 30 diverse career paths in exercise science, about one-third require advanced education (graduate or professional). Most of the varied career paths are expected to grow by at least 10% in the 2010–2020 decade (US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates).
Coursework prepares students to be able to apply for certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine and the national Strength and Conditioning Association in the areas of Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Exercise Physiologist, and Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Exercise Science may sound like an easy major. In reality, the field of study is rigorous and challenging. Courses in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, and nutrition lead to a comprehensive understanding of the human body. Graduates of the Exercise Science program will be prepared for careers in fields such as:
Internships are designed to help students gain an understanding of professional experience. Professors encourage students to pursue internships so they can apply classroom and experimental knowledge to real world activity. WPU Exercise Science students have obtained internships with the following companies:
The Penn Activity Center was opened in 2008 on the west side of campus. The facility has a variety of recreational space and equipment, including two basketball courts, artificial turf, and an indoor track. The PAC’s second and third floors have classrooms, biology labs, faculty offices, and the PAC Cafe.
You’ll be taking the following courses as a student of the Exercise Science program: