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.

Exercise science program highlights

One women exercises on an elliptical machine while another walks on the treadmill with a personal trainer

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:

  • NSCA-CSCS
  • 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 health care degree programs, such as:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Management
  • Chiropractic
  • Physician Assistance

Exercise science program requirements

Learn more about the specific exercise science program you are interested in.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Lower division courses (22 credits)
    Course number Course name
    BIO 121 or BIO 141 Human Bio or Gen Bio with lab
    CHM 121 or CHM 141 Intro to Chem or Gen Chem with lab
    MTH 201  Statistics
    BIO 228 & 229 Anatomy with lab & Physiology I and II with lab
    EXS 203 Nutrition

     

  • Electives (21 credits)
    Course number Course name
    PE 100-117 (up to 3)  Physical activity electives
    PE 301 Foundation of Physical Education
    PE 302 School Health Education
    EXS 310/PE 310 Intro to Sports Medicine/First Aid & Athlet Injur
    PE 345 Psychology and Philosophy of Coaching
    EXS 315 Exercise Prescription and Testing
    ESX 390/490 Internship
    EXS/PE 395 Special Topics
    PE 397 Directed Study
    PE 400 Kinesiology
    PE 401 Exercise Physiology
    EXS 405 Advanced Kinesiology with lab
    EXS 415  Advanced Exercise Physiology with lab
    EXS 420 Biomechanics
    PE 430  Admin of Intramural Athletics

     

Bachelor of Science

  • Lower division courses (42 credits)
    Course name Course number
    BIO 141 & 142 Gen Bio with lab
    CHM 141 & 142 Gen Chem with lab
    PHY 141 & 142 Gen Physics with lab
    MTH 201 Statistics
    BIO 228 & 229 Anatomy with lab & Physiology I and II with lab
    EXS 203 Nutrition

     

  • Electives (12 credits)
    Course number Course name
    PE100-117 (up to 3) Physical activity electives
    PE 301 Found of Physical Ed
    PE 302  School Health Education
    EXS 310/PE 310 Intro to Sports Medicine/First Aid & Athlet Injur
    PE 345 Psychology and Philosophy of Coaching
    EXS 315 Exercise Prescription and Testing
    EXS 390/490 Internship
    EXS/PE395 Special Topics
    PE 397 Directed Study
    EXS 405  Advanced Kinesiology with lab
    EXS 415  Advanced Exercise Physiology with lab
    EXS 420 Biomechanics
    PE 430 Admin of Intramural Athletics

     

Exercise science minor

  • Lower division courses (11 credits)
    Course number Course name
    BIO 121 or BIO 141 Human Bio or Gen Bio with lab
    BIO 228 or BIO 328 Anatomy with lab or Anatomy and Physiology I
    EXS 203  Nutrition

     

  • Upper division courses (6)
    Course number Course name
    PE 400 or EXS 405 Kinesiology or Advanced Kinesiology with lab
    PE 401 or EXS 415  Exercise Physiology or Advanced Exercise Physiology with lab

     

  • Two electives (6 credits)
    Course name Course number
    PE 301 Found of Physical Ed
    PE 302 School Health Education
    PE 310 First Aid & Athletic Injuries
    PE 345 Psychology and Philosophy of Coaching
    PE 395 Special Topics
    PE 397 Directed Study
    PE 400 or EXS 405 Kinesiology or Advanced Kinesiology with lab
    PE 401 or EXS 415 Exercise Physiology or Advanced Exercise Physiology with lab
    EXS 301 Motor Learning and Development
    EXS 315 Exercise Prescription and Testing
    EXS 310/PE 310 Intro to Sports Medicine/ First Aid & Athletic Injuries
    EXS 320 Motor Learning and Development
    EXS 405  Advanced Kinesiology with lab
    EXS 415 Advanced Exercise Physiology with lab
    EXS 420 Biomechanics
    PE 430 Admin of Intramural Athletics

     

Job growth rate much faster than average in many areas

25%
Physical therapists
22%
Fitness or athletic trainers
21%
Occupational therapists

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