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.
See a sample four-year plan for the Exercise Science major.
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 kinemati4s. 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 four 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.
May 28, 2019
Alumni Spotlight— Laura Stark (’15), Exercise Science, Owner and Sports Performance Specialist, Stark Strong Performance— “After competing on Truman’s Track and Field team for four years and graduating in May of 2015 with a B.S. in exercise science, I moved down to South Florida to begin my career in Sports Performance. I have since had the […]
May 22, 2019
“After graduating from Truman, I began working at Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services as a health educator while pursuing my Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in health promotion and policy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I worked as a health educator focusing on adolescent health, HIV, and health literacy for three years […]