Exercise Science

Exercise Science

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
Brett Davis presents to his kinesiology class

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.

Program Overview & Plans of Study

The Kinesiology programs at AUM provide outstanding opportunities for individuals who want to work in a fast-paced, sport setting. A variety of programs are offered, including Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Sport Management. Coursework is designed to meet the needs of students and prepare them to work in both school and non-school settings. Courses are designed to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through theory and practical application.

The Exercise Science program is a dynamic and exciting major preparing students for careers in human performance, training and conditioning, corporate fitness and wellness.  Clinical and preventive areas of preparation include cardiac rehabilitation, pre-physical therapy and health promotion. 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.

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.

Bachelor Programs

Exercise Science: Physical Therapy Track
Exercise Science: Non-Physical Therapy Track

Minor Programs

Human Nutrition
Sport Management
Sports Nutrition
Strength and Conditioning


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The second transition point in the teacher education program is approval to intern. This practical, pre-service teacher education is vital to the development of the AUM teacher candidate. Internships are an excellent way for students to hone their skills and talents.


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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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