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 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.
- 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.
8 July 2016 | 5:06 pm
Alyssa Duffy graduated from Truman State in May 2012 with a BS in Exercise Science. During her time at Truman, she worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Mayhew and presented her research at two different national conferences. Alyssa went on to study at Northern Illinois University, where she was awarded a full tuition scholarship and worked […]
8 July 2016 | 4:55 pm
Michelle Boyd has been recognized as the Division II Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and was inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association (MoATA) Hall of Fame. Boyd was honored at the annual NATA Convention in Baltimore as the Division II Head Athletic Trainer of the Year. […]