Exercise Science (non-certification)

Exercise Science (non-certification)

Program Description

The field of human performance has grown over the last few decades and can be studied and applied in many different ways. One of them, exercise science, is one of the allied health professions that involves the study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise. Earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science is a firm foundation for a career focused on human performance as it relates to exercise, fitness, training and conditioning, biomechanics, nutrition and more.

In addition to job titles such as exercise physiologist, wellness coordinator, corporate wellness director, athletic trainer, coach/teacher (teacher certification credentials would need to be earned outside of this program), AUM’s dynamic Exercise Science program could prepare you for graduate-level programs leading to careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Physician Assistant
  • Exercise physiology
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy

The AUM Exercise Science program is an educationally recognized program (ERP) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for its outstanding program leading to careers in athletic strength conditioning. An internship is required.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.

The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $66,440 in May 2018. Healthcare support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $29,740 in May 2018.

 U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample 
JobsMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
Dietitians and Nutritionists$60,37011%
Exercise Physiologists$49,27010%
Athletic Trainers$47,51019%

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Department of Kinesiology

Auburn University at Montgomery

Wellness Center 208


Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Exercise Science concentration includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
PHED 4003Physiology of ExerciseDesigned to study the physiological basis of physical activity. Prerequisite BIOL 2093.
PHED 4010Exercise PathophysiologyEmphasizes the theories and procedures for rehabilitation of those with cardiovascular disease. Academic and practical experiences concerning therapeutic exercise prescription will be undertaken.
PHED 4043KinesiologyDesigned to focus on the science of human movement. Specifically, applied anatomy and mechanical principles of human movement are related to skillful motor performance. Prerequisite BIOL 2093.
PHED 4044Biomechanics in Human ManagementStudy of the mechanical laws and principles that govern human movement and their application to activities of daily living, fitness, sport and rehabilitation. Prerequisite BIOL 2093, PHED 4043.
PHED 4153Exercise PrescriptionDesigned to evaluate the principles of human performance assessment and exercise prescription. Prerequisite BIOL 2093.
PHED 4193Measurement & Evaluation in Exercise ScienceA course designed to evaluate the measurement and evaluation techniques used in exercise science.
PHED 4230Principles of Strength & ConditioningA course designed to examine the scientific basis of exercise related to health, physical fitness, and athletic performance. Prerequisite PHED 4003.
PHED 4250Nutrition for the Phy. ActiveProvides nutritional information for those engaged in athletics. It will also assist others who are physically active or desire to initiate a personalized exercise program.

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