Exercise Science Major

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As an exercise science major, you study human movement, enhance your critical thinking and research skills, and acquire specific skills in preparation for professional certification.

Customize Your Education

When you pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, you choose the area that is the best match for your future career by selecting one of four concentration areas:

  • Pre-Medical Sciences
    This concentration covers pre-chiropractic studies, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant and related fields.
  • Applied/Pre-Athletic Training
    This concentration covers biomechanics, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, personal training, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and related fields.  

    Exercise Science Research

  • Sport/Recreation Management
    This concentration prepares students for positions of leadership in athletics, parks and recreation, YMCA, aquatics, fitness/wellness, intramurals, outdoor recreation and more.
  • Physical Education/Health
    This concentration is designed for students interested in teaching physical education and health in a K-12 public school system.

Download a sample four-year sequence for Exercise Science.

The Best Labs for Hands-on Learning

Our modern labs provide you with unique opportunities to explore research and individualized study. Learn about human motion, muscle activity, and kinematics. Picture yourself using our sophisticated motion-analysis system to measure force vectors in 3-D space. For your Human Anatomy class, you’ll work in a human cadaver lab (only 4 percent of undergraduate programs in the nation offer human cadaver-based anatomy). Students also use Truman’s athletic training facilities for clinical practice and active learning. Exercise science majors also gain valuable experience through internships and practicums, and Truman has cooperative partnerships with local agencies provide you with additional avenues for skill development and job experience.

Preparing for Lives That Matter

Around 75 percent of our Exercise Science students identify physical therapy as their occupation of choice, and approximately 80 percent of those who apply to graduate programs in physical therapy gain admission. Truman has affiliations with select graduate programs that provide some students special advantages in the graduate admissions process. The American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) certification exam serves as the senior exit exam.

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Laura Stade Shares her Truman HES ExperienceLaura Stade Shares her Truman HES Experience

February 15, 2018

As a transfer student, I sought a reputable and established program that would allow me to achieve my educational goals within a specific time frame.  My education in Health Science at Truman far exceeded my expectations and provided me with a strong foundation that has been essential in shaping the professional I am today. I continue […]

HES Student and Athlete Displays Cup StackingHES Student and Athlete Displays Cup Stacking

January 21, 2018

Elijah Farrales is an avid cup stacker, and has been from a young age.  He is a Junior Exercise Science major and an Admissions Ambassador, as well as a member of the Track and Field team. Elijah aspires to enter the medical field and to use his knowledge to help others live fuller lives. **Elijah […]

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