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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December 12, 2017

The HES program at Truman State University provided me with all the knowledge and tools I needed to pursue my passion for medicine. My favorite things about the HES program were the small class sizes and the ability to build relationships with my professors. My professors were very accessible and willing to provide me with extra opportunities […]

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November 13, 2017

After graduating from physical therapy school with my DPT degree and reflecting back on my years of education, I can confidently say the HES department at Truman prepared me more than I could have imagined when I chose to attend Truman. From day one, the faculty and staff within the department made me feel like […]

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