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Exercise Science

Exercise Science Major

Receiving a bachelor's degree (B.S.) in exercise science at SBU will prepare you to pursue any allied health career as you learn how to deal with people who need injury rehabilitation. A combination of coursework in sciences and human development will equip you with the skills needed for a variety of professions.

Hands-on practicum experiences, small class sizes and dedicated faculty will prepare you to either pursue graduate school or enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

Your exercise science courses also will prepare you to take the NSCA Strength and Conditioning and NCSA Personal Training certification exams if you wish to become a certified strength and conditioning coach or personal trainer.

Studying exercise science at SBU is great preparation for career success and advanced education in a variety of fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, personal training, and more. Your faculty advisor will work with you ensure your course plan includes all prerequisites needed for any graduate degree program you wish to pursue.

The Exercise Science degree is offered through SBU's College of Education and Social Sciences. 





(For May 2017 exercise science graduates in employment or graduate school.)

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The SBU Advantage

  • You will gain beneficial real-world experience through a required practicum completed halfway through the B.S. in Exercise Science program and a required internship completed at the end of the program.
  • Faculty will work with you one-on-one to help find the practicums and internships that best fit your interests and desires.
  • Most allied health career paths require additional graduate or professional school programs, but the exercise science faculty will work with you individually to help set you up for success at the next level.

Faith Integration

The integration of Christian faith and academic discipline distinguishes SBU's exercise science degree program. While receiving an academically rigorous exercise science education, you also will be intentionally challenged to consider how your faith will influence your interaction with patients and clients. Faculty are committed to producing graduates who will be servant leaders in their chosen professions in line with SBU's mission to "prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society."


Exercise science majors have pursued a variety of kinesiology and allied health careers including:

  • Cardiac Rehab Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

graduate schools

Many B.S. in Exercise Science graduates go on to pursue further education in subjects such as:




Fall Semester

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness for Professionals 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 14


BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3

Spring Semester

ESC 1013 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
HSC 1013 Medical Terminology or  
PTH 2523 Introduction to Physical Therapy (spring even years; required for HSEA) 3
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

KIN 1043 Personal and Community Health 3
BIO 2204 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
KIN 2023 Perceptual Motor Development 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIO 3304 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
Total hours 15


Fall Semester

CHE 1115 General Chemistry I 5
PSY 3063 Human Growth & Development 3
SOC 4083 Gerontology or  
SOC 3303 The Family 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
KIN 4003 Kinesiology 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

KIN 2243 Nutrition 3
PSY 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
KIN 3093 Responding to Emergencies 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
  Cultural Studies General Education Requirement 3
Total hours 15


Fall Semester

ESC 4053 Biomechanical Analysis 3
KIN 3083 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
PSY 4373 Being Human & Addicted 3
PHY 1115 General Physics I 5
KIN 4773 Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

ESC 4001 Exercise Science Capstone 1
ESC 4043 Exercise Science Practicum 3
ESC 4033 Special Populations 3
KIN 4762 Problem Solving 2
PSY 3393 Introduction to Sports Psychology 3
Total hours 12


ESC 4986 Exercise Science Internship 6

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Exercise Science Plan