Exercise science is the scientific study of human movement performed to maintain or improve health and wellness.

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Are you interested in being a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physician Assistant, Medical Doctor, or Strength and Conditioning Coach?

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Exercise science is the scientific study of human movement performed to maintain or improve health and wellness. This applied science field is focused on using exercise to prevent disease, facilitate rehabilitation, promote health, and enhance human performance.  Read about students who have benefitted from the opportunities in our program.

Undergraduate Admissions

Your degree will prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work as a professional in various health professions. You will be skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, developing and implementing safe and effective exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. Exercise science professionals perform these activities in medical, commercial, university, corporate, or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion, fitness, sports performance, and rehabilitation activities. The major requires an internship that must be completed in the summer.


The Exercise Science program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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The Exercise Science program has received endorsement from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Why is this program in demand?

  • According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Exercise Physiologists is expected to grow faster than average (19 percent) between 2012 and 2022.
  • Trends that will result in more need for more professionals in this field: child and adult obesity rates, increased interest in fitness, more companies and organizations offering fitness programs to their employees. (Source: degreedirectory.org)
  • Our students are exceptionally well-prepared for graduate school and professional studies as well as for careers in a variety of health profession fields.

Is Exercise Science for you?

  • Are you highly motivated and determined to succeed?
  • Fascinated by the human body and how it responds to stress?
  • Caring and compassionate towards others?

Where Will Exercise Science Take Me?

The majority of Gardner-Webb University Exercise Science majors pursue advanced study after graduation. Graduate degree pursuits include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Corporate wellness

Top Graduate Schools

Just some of the graduate schools which have admitted our recent graduates include:

  • East Carolina University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Lenoir-Ryne University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Western Carolina University
  • Breanu University
  • Ohio State University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
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