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Exercise Science

Looking for a way to use your passion for physical fitness in a career helping others? Exercise science may be the right major for you.

Why Saint Martin's University?

Saint Martin's exercise science degrees provide academic and professional preparation for undergraduate students in areas related to the study of human movement and physical activity.

A knowledge of developing the well-being of others is key to the success of this program.  We strive to create a deeper understanding of how physical activity impacts the whole person and strengthens a community.

Our B.S. program offers a degree centered in the health sciences, while our B.A. program focuses on physical education and management.

The successful completion of your degree will allow you to enter the workforce in a variety of health and fitness careers. 

You will be prepared to take certification exams related to health and fitness, such as:

  • ACSM
  • Health Fitness Certifications

Internship requirement

Through the internship requirement, you obtain applicable job related experiences, preparing you for the job market.

Learning outcomes

Upon graduation, you will:

  • Demonstrate proficient understanding of the scientific concepts related to exercise science at a level relevant to the degree option (B.A. or B.S.).
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of technology used in health and fitness evaluation, and in designing individual fitness programs.
  • Exhibit professionalism and integrity in the interactions with individuals seeking care or guidance related to exercise science.
  • Articulate the importance of physical wellbeing as it relates to the health of the individual and the community.

Preparation for professional health care programs

You will also be prepared to advance into professional healthcare degree programs, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Athletic training
  • Sports medicine
  • Sports management
  • Chiropractic
  • Physician assistant

Exercise Science Requirements

Details on courses, including university core requirements, can be found in the academic catalog.  

Details on courses, including university core requirements, can be found in the academic catalog.   

  • 11 credits of lower-division courses
  • Six credits of upper-division courses 
  • Six credits of elective courses


Exercise Science at a Glance

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Program Type
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
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