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Major Spotlight: What is Exercise Science?

Do you get a rush from organized sports? Do you feel proud when you work out with teammates and help one another succeed? Is eating well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle a priority to you?

If so, maybe you should go for gold and study the field of exercise science. You’ll learn the science behind everything from jogging to low-carb diets.

Exercise science majors study the science of the human movement. They also learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition.

Did You Know?

The field of exercise science has its roots in the physical-culture movement of the 1800s. The goal was to improve the health of the working class through dance and sports.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Understand injury and illness prevention
  • Examine how diet can affect the body
  • Learn how to condition the body
  • Research questions on nutrition and exercise
  • Study everything about the human body, from bones and muscles to skin and tissue

It Helps To Be...

Interested in science, biology, and health. If you enjoy working out, playing sports, and taking care of your body, this could be the major for you.

College Checklist

  • How many professors are in the department? Make sure you’ll get the attention you deserve.
  • Will the department help you find an internship?
  • Will you have the chance to choose a concentration, such as sports management, athletic training, or kinesiology (the mechanics and anatomy of human movement)?
  • What graduate degree programs and careers have recent grads chosen?

Did You Know?

Exercise science isn’t just about lifting weights. It’s also about helping people overcome their fears, cope with and prevent injuries, and live longer, happier lives.

Course Spotlight

Exercise science programs differ widely, but most will require that you take an introductory course in exercise physiology. Exercise physiology is the basic study of the movements and coordination of all the body's parts and systems, such as the bones and muscles. You’ll study such topics as the way we digest food, breathe, and move. You’ll also look at the biology of exercise.

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