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Exercise Science Degree Program

Asbury University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Exercise Science degree program is an interdisciplinary major emphasizing skills students can apply in settings including sports administration, facility management, health and wellness, athletic training and physical and occupational therapy.

If you’re called to learn more about how physical movement and exercise culturally, spiritually, economically and socially impact the world around you, Asbury’s exercise science major program can be tailored to fitness careers at any level. Graduates of our bachelor of exercise science program are highly prepared to make a difference in the workforce or enter graduate or medical professional programs.

Degree Requirements and Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science degree curriculum covers the topics necessary to inform entry-level careers in sports and fitness, health and exercise and sports administration, as well as the foundational biological science behind it all. You’ll learn:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment of physical fitness
  • Motor skill development
  • Kinesiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition

Program Concentrations

Students in the exercise science program pick a concentration area supporting either general exercise science and sports-related careers or advanced physical therapy and medical careers.

▾ Human Performance Concentration

Gain in-person practicum experience in professional sports and health industry settings and develop a background in sport administration, management, marketing and law.

▾ Kinesiology Concentration

Build on exercise and health knowledge with advanced scientific studies and exposure to medical ethics, medical research, psychology and behavioral science concepts.

Exercise science majors at Asbury University will be well-prepared to seek out their future careers with an interdisciplinary blend of general education courses, diverse electives and hands-on experiences in the lab as well as health, wellness and athletic training internships. 

Review complete degree requirements for the B.A. in Exercise Science major program.

Exercise Science Courses

Exercise science courses you may take include:

  • Foundations of Health and Exercise Science
  • Intro to Sport Management
  • Ethical Issues
  • Scientific/Medical Terminology

In addition to 35 credits in core courses, 25-34 of your Bachelor of Arts credits will come from concentration area required courses and electives. You may take concentration courses such as:

  • Nutrition
  • Biological Science
  • Developmental Psychology
  • State for Behavioral Science
  • Intro to Bio Research
  • Health Professor Shadowing
  • Scientific/Medical Terminology

Review complete course descriptions in the Human Performance concentration.

Review complete course descriptions in the Kinesiology concentration.

What Can You Do With an Exercise Science Degree?

The training of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science opens entry-level career opportunities across the world of health, fitness and sports. Whether you’re interested in careers in fitness, wellness, education, healthcare, coaching, community outreach or elsewhere, you’ll be positioned and empowered to help people attain optimal health according to their goals and abilities.

Careers with a bachelor’s in exercise science include:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Coach
  • Scout
  • Community Educator
  • Recreation Programmer
  • Fitness Center Manager

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these fulfilling and high-energy roles will experience high growth in the near future. Over ten years by 2028, employment across occupations in fitness and recreational sports centers is expected to grow by 15%, much faster than the average across all occupations. Fitness trainers and instructors are predicted to see a 19% increase in employment by 2031, recreational therapists 4% and exercise physiologists 9%.

Pathway to Graduate Programs

Graduate or doctoral studies are entry-level requirements to become practitioners in advanced medical, academic and athletic training fields. In exercise physiology careers, a master’s degree can earn you higher salaries and advancement opportunities.

Our exercise science undergraduate students have research and writing skills, hands-on experience with patients and a powerful personal drive to help others through movement. The B.A. in Exercise Science is an excellent foundation for pursuing further education for the following advanced career paths:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Kinesiologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Exercise Science Post-Secondary Educator
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist

The well-rounded critical thinking, synthesis and communication skills taught in general education and core courses ensure Asbury exercise science majors are prepared to excel in any graduate or professional program they pursue. These advanced careers are also predicted to remain in high demand, with the employment of physical therapists and athletic trainers both predicted to experience 17% growth in ten years by 2031.

Why Major in Exercise Science at Asbury University?

Pre-Physical Therapy Career Prep Program

Exercise science majors intending to apply to Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs after graduation can participate in a dedicated pre-physical therapy preparation program in addition to selecting the medical career-oriented kinesiology concentration.

You won’t be alone in taking on the prerequisite courses and application process for your Doctor of Physical Therapy studies with Asbury’s dedicated advisors and experiential learning opportunities.

Explore the guided pre-physical therapy preparation program and Asbury’s extensive health professions student support.

Direct Experience in Exercise and Athletics

As part of Asbury’s bachelor’s in exercise science degree program, students learn to use instrumentation for metabolic and body composition analysis, motion analysis and reaction time. Equipment you’ll use regularly include Cosmed® and IWorx® systems, calipers, bioelectrical impedance, goniometers and more.

As an exercise science major, you’ll also complete a semester-long internship where you’ll gain professional field experience in corporate, commercial, private and clinical fitness; wellness; strength and conditioning and sports medicine settings. Students have interned at high schools, colleges and clinics. With these hands-on experiences, students move even closer to sitting for certification from leading organizations in health, fitness and sports.

Asbury students are encouraged to gain mission and leadership experiences at home and abroad through our travel courses and cultural immersion experiences.

Explore service opportunities and travel courses at Asbury.

Robust Student Research

Exercise science majors can work closely with faculty on both independent projects and faculty-led research. After developing the skills that lead to new knowledge and insight, you may present your research at the annual SEARCH competition on-campus or conferences nationwide.

Students in the B.A. in Exercise Science degree program have produced meaningful research that furthers their field, including:

  • “Intra and Inter-Class Correlation of Dorsiflexion Measurement” – Isabella ’19, Exercise Science
  • “Effects of the Schroth Method of Scoliosis Specific Exercise for Adolescents Age 10-25 with Idiopathic Scoliosis: a Cat” – Susanna ’18, Pre-Physical Therapy
  • “Does Performing a Cool-Down After Eccentric Exercise Decrease Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness in Healthy Adults?” – Erin ’18, Exercise Science

Rich On-Campus Resources

As an exercise science major, you’ll have access to way more than the Luce Center gym and the dedicated athletic training and physiology lab facilities.

Supported by student services departments and peer-created clubs and organizations, students at Asbury forge deep relationships with each other and the surrounding community. We’re here to help you stay healthy, connected and supported even as you leave Asbury to begin your career.

Whether it’s spending time with extracurricular clubs over coffee in the Student Center, finding an internship with the help of the Office of Career & Calling or taking care of your mental health, the rich student resources at Asbury help you thrive on your unique path to greatness.

Related Science and Health Degree Programs

Asbury offers related major programs that target various areas of the health and wellness world:

Explore these and more career-centered majors and minors.

Explore Asbury University Admissions and Aid

From dedicated counselors to your personal Asbury Checklist, you’ll have resources at your fingertips to make the admissions and financial aid process smooth and painless. Highlighting our commitment to student success, 100% of first-year students at Asbury receive financial aid, from federal aid, private scholarships and other sources.

Apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science Program at Asbury University

Asbury University’s Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science degree program ensures students are prepared for certification programs, entering the workforce or pursuing advanced degrees in physical therapy and other areas. Learn scientific concepts and gain direct experience that guides a career in helping others find physical and emotional wellness through movement.

Ready to start on the path to a rewarding exercise and fitness career? Get in touch, schedule a campus visit or begin your application.