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Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences

Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences

Exercise Science Program

The BS degree program in Exercise Science is designed provide students with an in-depth study of how and why the body responds to physical activity and exercise from several perspectives. The program is also designed to accommodate a variety of student interests and professional goals by offering a thorough and rigid core of theoretical and practical Exercise Science courses balanced with flexibility.

Students majoring in Exercise Science are prepared for a variety of careers in the health and fitness industry or further graduate work in areas such as exercise physiology, health promotion, nutrition, or cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, the Exercise Science program provides students an excellent pathway for entrance into graduate medical programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic medicine, and others.

Students transferring to the Exercise Science program must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 out of a 4.0 scale.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Where are you located?
  2. What can I do with this degree?
  3. But, are Exercise Science students really successful?
  4. Will my courses from other institutions "count"?

Where are you located?

Our suite of offices is located in Room 250 of the Lumpkin Center at the north end of the campus. Contact information for faculty and staff can be found on the Faculty/Staff Contacts tab.

What can I do with this degree?

Exercise Science is the gateway degree for individuals who wish to work in any phase of the fitness industry, e.g., corporate- and hospital-based Wellness, club fitness, YMCA, geriatric programming, personal training, etc. In addition, many students currently at CSU are using the degree as a pre-professional program for graduate programs in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician's Assistant. Finally, the educational content in Exercise Science also helps prepare students for success in careers such as pharmacology sales, military science, orthotics, etc. (e.g., many health/fitness related fields where the career path is not fixed).

But, are Exercise Science students really successful?

Over the last 5-10 years Exercise Science students have been admitted and successfully completed programs of study at the Medical College of Georgia (PT, OT), Mercer University Medical School (PA), Armstrong-Atlantic State University (PT), The University of the South (PA), Georgia State University (PT), North Georgia College (PT), University of Alabama-Birmingham (PT), The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Exercise Science), The University of Arkansas (Athletic Training), Howard University School of Medicine (PT), and other notable institutions. In addition, students have opted for medical licensure as PTAs and radiology technologists. It is fair to say that the Exercise Science program is sufficiently detailed and flexible to accommodate the professional needs of many students. Students are limited only by their ability, motivation, work ethic, and creativity.

Will my courses from other institutions "count"?

Core courses (History, Political Science, English, etc.) that are taken at a University System of Georgia School are always transferable. Most other core courses that are similar to the USG courses most often transfer without incident.

The Exercise Science curriculum was designed to accommodate students who have valuable academic experiences that are related to or support Exercise Science professions. Nursing, Math, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, etc. can be incorporated into the Exercise Science degree progress up to approximately 22 hours. Minors, including foreign language, are welcome from a variety of disciplines.

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