Exercise Science

Use the Healing Power of Fitness

Bachelor of Science—Concentration in Exercise Science 

Exercise Science – Physical Therapy Track

Exercise Science – Health Professions Track

When thinking about a career, some people wonder, “How can I use my passion for fitness and health to make a living and help others?” 

The answer might be found in an exercise science career. The field of human performance has grown over the last few decades and can be studied and applied in many different ways. Exercise physiologists, for example, analyze a patient’s medical history to determine the best possible exercise and fitness regimen. These allied-health professionals help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility. 

Some exercise physiologists work with both amateur and professional athletes who want to boost their performance. Other job titles could include wellness coordinator, corporate wellness director, athletic trainer, or coach. 

AUM’s dynamic Exercise Science bachelor’s degree program is a firm foundation for a career focused on human performance. It also prepares you for graduate-level studies that could lead to careers in medicine, diet and nutrition, occupational or physical therapy, and other fields.

This degree program includes two tracks: the Physical Therapy track, for those who plan to seek advanced studies in physical therapy, and the Health Professions track. An internship is required for either track.

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

In addition to the Exercise Science program, the College of Education’s Kinesiology department houses the Physical Education program and the Sport Management program. The highly qualified Kinesiology faculty is well-known for their work on cutting-edge research and grants, being American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) fellows, and holding ACSM and NSCA-CSCS certifications.

The Know How

What you will know with a Exercise Science degree from AUM


The best allied-health professionals are curious and develop a love of learning. Throughout your career, you’ll stay current with subject knowledge—both informally and through professional development classes and conferences.


When you are working in the healthcare field, you contribute to your community in a meaningful way. If you are driven by the desire to help others through fitness and exercise, you’ll be making an invaluable contribution.


You’ll get practical, hands-on experience through an internship under a local expert teacher, and via field experiences in local schools.


The Exercise Physiology program, unlike many programs in the College of Education, does not lead to earning a teaching certificate. However, if you want to teach, you have options that lead to certification.


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Why AUM for Exercise Science?

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Is a Degree in Exercise Science right for me?

What types of jobs can I get with this degree?

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Why should I major in Exercise Science?

If you want to be in a helping field and words like fitness, sports, wellness, and physiology get your attention, this might be the field for you. With this degree, you can either launch into a career or go to graduate school.

Are kinesiology and exercise science the same?

Kinesiology is a broad field dealing with how movement, function and performance affect overall health. Exercise science is a subfield of kinesiology that focuses on human response and adaptation to exercise and focuses on the underlying mechanisms that affect exercise.

What are the other degree programs in the Kinesiology department?

In addition to the Exercise Science program, the College of Education’s Kinesiology department houses the Physical Education program and the Sport Management program.


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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Dietitian and NutritionistBachelor’s degree11% (Faster than average)$63,090
Exercise PhysiologistBachelor’s degree13% (As fast as average)$50,280
Physical TherapistDoctor of Physical Therapy degree21% (Much faster than average)$91,010
Athletic TrainerDoctor of Physical Therapy degree23% (As fast as average)$49,860
High School TeacherBachelor’s degree (plus teaching certification)23% (As fast as average)$62,870

Quick Facts

At the AUM College of Education, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include  the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, the Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Counselor, Leadership and Special Education.

To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Bachelor of Science—Concentration in Exercise Science


Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, education, and electives. Contact the College of Education for a current listing of courses required to complete this program. 

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this track requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
PHED 2010Foundations of Health and Physical EducationThe history and principles of the profession, including elements of health, athletics and sports medicine.
PHED 2203WellnessThe connection of wellness and a number of health topics.
BIOL 2110 and 2111Human Anatomy and PhysiologyThe structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and other systems. Lecture and lab.

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