Exercise Science Major
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 three concentration areas:
This concentration covers biomechanics, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, personal training, sport and recreation management, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and related fields.
- Physical Education & Health
This concentration is designed for students interested in teaching physical education and health in a K-12 public school system.
- Pre-Medical Sciences
This concentration covers pre-chiropractic studies, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant and related fields.
Download a sample four-year sequence for Exercise Science.
Truman also offers a coaching minor.
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 65 percent of our exercise science students identify physical therapy as their occupation of choice, and approximately 90% 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 Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) certification exam serves as the senior exit exam.
24 April 2015 | 5:49 pm
On April 11-12th 2015, five SPHA members traveled to the Public Health Scholar Bowl Competition at Saint Louis University in St. Louis. The students participated in the trivia challenge and placed third overall. Pictured, from left to right, Dr. Alicia Wodika, Brendan Cronley, Alex Connor, Jessica Wentworth, Melanie Lamb, Liz Chau, and Dr. Janice Clark. […]
30 March 2015 | 7:16 pm
On December 9th, 2014, Health and Exercise Science students presented their research during the HES poster presentation. The Poster presentation occurs every semester and involves the HLTH349: Research Methods for the Health Sciences course(s) and ES224: Research Methods and Data Interpretation course(s). Photos from the event are included below. Dr. Jerry Mayhew discusses with students […]