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Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science

Exercise Science is the interdisciplinary study of human movement. This scientific approach to fitness explores the powerful connection that exercise, diet, and fitness have on a person’s health and well-being. Students benefit from extensive education and hands-on practical experience in fitness and healthcare settings.

Lourdes Exercise Science majors gain the skills and knowledge needed to apply to graduate training or certifications or for entry-level work in personal training, strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, wellness, and health maintenance.

Students seeking to further their education can apply to graduate school. With a graduate-level degree, individuals can pursue careers as a physical therapist, sports medicine physician, fitness and wellness department chief administrator, recreational therapist, cardiac rehab specialist, or researcher at colleges and universities.

Plan of Study


Total Credit Hours: 120

To complete your Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree program, you are required to:

  • Complete a minimum of 46 semester hours in core courses and 32 semester hours of 300/400 level courses
  • Maintain a minimum of 2.0 grade point average for all college level courses
  • Fulfill the degree requirements in your chosen concentration including the General Education Requirements.

Core Requirements (24 credit hours)
LUC 101-102
ENG 101 Composition I: Essay Writing
ENG 355 Writing for the Science and Health Professional
MTH 122 College Algebra
Ethics course
Enduring Question Course (such as)

  • BIO 399 What Makes Us Sick?
  • ENG 399 Disability and Humanity
  • NUR 399 What is a Culture of Health?
  • THS 399 What is Leisure?

PHL 202 Ethics for Health Care Professionals
Two Theology courses
Fine Art or Music Course
BIO/BIL 201 Principles of Biology I
PSY 110 General Psychology
Literature course, such as ENG 215 Sports and Literature
History course, such as HST Sports in American History

Service Learning

Exercise Science Major Requirements (60 credit hours)

BIO 114 Medical Terminology

BIO 330/BIL 330 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 331/BIL 331 Anatomy & Physiology II

CHM/CHL 181 General Chemistry I

EXS 100 Introduction to Exercise Science
EXS 108 First Aid & CPR
EXS 210/EXL 210 Exercise Physiology

EXS 320/EXL 320 Biomechanics
EXS 320/EXL 320 Principles of Strength and Conditioning

EXS 350/EXL 350 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
EXS 390 Internship
EXS 490 Capstone Practicum

MTH 212 Statistics

SPT 300 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports

Directed Electives (18 credit hours)
Choose from the following:

BIO 202/BIL 202 Principles of Biology II
BIO 207 Introduction to Public Health
BIO 313 Nutrition Science

BIO 319 Consumer Health
BIO 335/BIL 335 Microbiology
BIO 340 Pathophysiology
CHM/CHL 182 General Chemistry II

EXS 101 Weight Lifting
EXS 105 Cardiovascular Fitness
EXS 390 Internship
EXS 299/499 Topics in Exercise Science
EXS 400 MWACSM Conference Course

EXS 410 Environmental Physiology

EXS 420 Functional Anatomy

PHS 201/PHL 201 College Physics with Lab (MTH 130 pre-req)

PSH 202/PHL 202 College Physics with Lab
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology
PSY 320 Adult Development & Aging
PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology

General Electives to equal 120

Graduate training programs and certifications may differ in their admission criteria. The student is strongly encouraged to identify the specific requirements of the programs to which they are interested in applying.


Total Credit Hours: 18

Required Courses:

EXS 100 Introduction to Exercise Science
BIO 204* Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
EXS 210/EXL 210 Exercise Physiology
EXS 320/EXL 320 Biomechanics

*Students may substitute BIO 330/BIL 330 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 331/BIL 331 Anatomy and Physiology II (8 hours) for BIO 204

Electives: 4 credit hours

EXS 101 Weight Lifting (1 credit hour)
EXS 105 Cardiovascular Fitness/Walking, Jogging (1 credit hour)
EXS 108 First Aid & CPR (1 credit hour)
BIO 114 Medical Terminology (1 credit hour)
BIO 313 Nutrition Science (3 credit hours)
BIO 335 Microbiology (3 credit hours)
BIL 335 Microbiology Lab (1 credit hour)
EXS/EXL 330 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (4 credit hours)
EXS/EXL 310 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription (4 credit hours)
SPT 300 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  1. Understand principles of biology, chemistry, and nutrition that underlie human movement and health (ULO I.C.)
  2. Demonstrate effective, ethically-grounded, and culturally-competent professional skills in exercise science and human performance (ULO IV.A., IV.B., V.B.)
  3. Advocate for individual health and a healthy society (ULO IV.D.)
  4. Critically evaluate research for evidence-based information (ULO II.A., II.B.)
  5. Communicate effectively and work collaboratively within health and exercise settings (ULO II.E., II.F.)


The exercise science program gives students skills and knowledge they can apply to graduate training or certifications or for entry-level work in personal training, strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, wellness, and health maintenance. Learning in the classroom and lab is supplemented with collaboration with professionals in the field through internship and practicum. Students gain an appreciation for the dynamics of the human body and the ability to motivate people to maintain a positive lifestyle.


Internships provide a great complement to the personalized liberal arts education provided by the College of Arts and Sciences. Through partnerships with local non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and corporations, arts and sciences majors gain valuable professional experience from paid and unpaid internships in these academic departments:

  • Biology
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • History, Political Science and Geography
  • Pre-Professional Concentrations including medicine, dental, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, veterinary science
  • Public Health
  • Theological Studies

Art majors also benefit from sharing and exhibiting their work in these venues:

  • Undergraduate Student Art Exhibit
  • Senior Art Exhibit
  • The Tau Literary and Visual Arts Journal

Talk with your advisor to pursue one of these opportunities.

Job Outlook

Demand for exercise physiologists is on the rise. Corporate, medical, and educational industries continue to emphasize fitness and childhood obesity programs. Today, individuals are more dedicated to achieving or maintaining their maximum health and wellness levels.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10 percent growth in exercise science employment between 2022 and 2032. Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program graduates have several pathways open. Individuals can pursue employment as athletic coaches, personal trainers, athletic directors, wellness specialists, fitness program coordinators, or strength and conditioning coaches.


  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Athletic Departments
  • Self Practice
  • Schools
  • Health Clubs
  • Training Centers


  • Self Practice Physiologist (nearly ½)
  • Athletic Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Athletic Director
  • Strength or Conditioning Coach
  • Wellness Specialist / Program Coordinator
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Cardiac Rehab Specialist


Great pathway to further education and professions

  • Physical Therapist
  • Sports Medicine Physician
  • Chief Administrator of Fitness & Wellness Department
  • Researcher at Colleges and Universities


  • Emphasis on Healthcare in Corporate, Medical, and Education Industries
    • Fitness Programs
    • Childhood Obesity Programs
  • Growth in Personal Healthcare
  • Growth in Athletics

Exercise Science Faculty

Erin Burkholder

Erin Burkholder, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology and Exercise Science

Nicole Makey

Nicole Makey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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