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Exercise Science

Major Information

The study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement. The major is broad based and includes  general study in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology,  and fitness programming. The major in Exercise Science will prepare students for employment in fitness  centers, research laboratories, or as exercise technicians in cardiac rehabilitation centers. The curriculum  provides an excellent foundation for those interested in pursuing graduate degrees in movement based fields,  as well as for those wishing to pursue a professional degree in medicine or in the rehabilitation sciences such  as Physical or Occupational Therapy.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Exercise Science 
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology 
  • Master of Science in Sports Medicine 

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Exercise Physiologists 
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Corporate Fitness 
  • Private/Commercial Fitness
  • Industrial Fitness
  • Fitness Instructors 
  • Strength and Conditioning  Coach  
  • Sport Performance 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Research Specialist
  • Physical/ Occupational  Therapist* 
  • Physician Assistant*

Sample Work Settings

  • Hospitals 
  • Colleges/ Universities 
  • Fitness Facilities 
  • YMCA/Community Centers 
  • Clinics 
  • Nursing Homes/ Retirement  Centers 
  • Professional Sports Teams 
  • Resorts/Cruise Lines 

Sample Employers

  • Optim Healthcare 
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler 
  • Benchmark Physical Therapy
  • Memorial Health 
  • Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
  • Wellstar Health System
  • Northside Hospital 
  • Shepherd Center 
  • Emory Healthcare 
  • Children’s Healthcare of  Atlanta
  • 180 Fitness
  • AdvoCare
  • Athenahealth
  • Atlanta Public Schools

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Internet Resources

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To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

Medical Fitness Association 

National Athletic Trainer’s Association

Aerobic and Fitness Association of America 

American Fitness Professionals and Associates 

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Southern Exercise Science Club

Professional Tips

  • To get additional experience, you can get a part-time job at the RAC or train to be a personal trainer
  • Join the Southern Exercise Science Club. 
  • If interested in PT, OT, or PA, you are required to obtain several hundred shadowing hours.  

Résumé Tips

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Major: Exercise Science. 
  • Include information about health abilities such as able to conduct blood pressure checks, etc. 
  • Include a class projects section, especially if taken the Exercise Fitness and Prescriptions class. 
  • Include a shadowing experience section, especially if interested in PT, OT, or PA. 
  • Include certifications such as CPR, First Aid, and AED.

Last updated: 6/26/2013