Exercise Science Bachelor’s Degree

Professional Fitness Trainer

Bachelor Program

Health and Fitness Bachelors Degree
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Quick Facts

Total Program Credits:
180 Credits

Transfer Credits:
Transfer in up to 75% of the program
*Prior learning and work experience may count toward program credit

Program Length:
12 quarters full time
36 months with year-round classes

Employment Rate:
80% for 2012 - 2013

Salary Range:
Full-time $15,080 - $30,000

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in exercise science degree program is to provide students with industry knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions in the health, fitness and wellness industry.

Students will be prepared for employment as managers, personal trainers and consultants, working in public, private and government settings including health clubs, commercial fitness centers, corporate fitness/wellness centers, university wellness/adult fitness centers, municipal/city recreation/family centers and worksite health-promotion organizations.

The curriculum combines scientific studies with material from leading industry experts. Elective seminars provide students with opportunities to earn nationally-recognized certifications.

General education requirements in the areas of communication, social science, natural science and humanities provide analytical and communication skills as well as a global perspective of diverse cultures.

In the exercise science program, you can gain knowledge in the areas of:
  • Muscle activation techniques
  • Kinesiology (the study of human movement)
  • Medical terminology
  • Nutrition

Graduates are better prepared for leadership roles in their career as a result of gaining business skills, such as:

  • Small business management
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Applied ethics
  • Professional communications

As a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree student, you can expect:

  • Access to tutors
  • Knowledgeable financial aid staff
  • Resume writing, job interviewing and other career assistance
  • The flexibility of online, day and evening classes
  • Hands-on experience through class projects
  • Principles in Child Fitness

    This course is an introduction to the design and implementation of fitness programs for children. Topics include child motivation, creative activities, problem-solving and building self-esteem through physical movement.

    Trends in Health Fitness and Wellness

    Students are introduced to current issues and trends in health fitness and wellness, dealing with topics such as ergonomics, fitness routines, state regulations and promotion of the profession. Students will research and discuss emerging industry trends and their effect on current industry standards, and will develop wellness strategies based on their research. Students will apply these new methods in a lab setting, in order to ensure successful implementation of their wellness strategies.

    Worksite Health Promotion

    Students explore workplace health-related issues and examines approaching to promote health and prevent injury. It addresses assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation strategies.

  • Here are a few examples of companies that have employed our graduates.

    B.S. Health Fitness Specialist Graduates July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013

    1. Blackhawk Fitness
    2. Getting Fit with Christine
    3. Keva Sports Center
    4. Lifetime Fitness
    5. Snap Fitness
    6. YMCA-Hudson

    In January 2015, the health fitness specialist program was renamed exercise science. The program objectives were not changed.