Why Exercise Science at E&H?

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What Can You Do with an Exercise Science Degree?

An Exercise Science (EXSC) degree provides an excellent foundation for pursuing a graduate degree in a health professions discipline (i.e., athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies) or other health-related fields (public health, nutrition/dietetics, clinical exercise physiology, or kinesiology). The EXSC degree also prepares students for careers in commercial fitness, corporate wellness, or strength and conditioning.

Exercise Science majors will gain a strong understanding of the human body with coursework incorporating both core biological sciences and applied physiology. Classroom and laboratory experiences examine the body’s physiological responses to exercise, the role of regular physical activity in maintaining health and wellness, and the chronic health conditions that are associated with physical inactivity (i.e., heart disease, diabetes, obesity). 

Fitness, Nutrition & Wellness Professions

  • Dietitian
  • Nutritionist
  • Fitness Instructor/Director
  • Public Health 
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Wellness Coach

Medical & Rehabilitation Professions

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician

Early Assurance Programs

The Department of Physical Therapy Early Assurance Program offers a select number of talented high school seniors a position in the Emory & Henry College Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This program offers selected undergraduate students a position in the graduate program after completion of the DPT Program prerequisite course requirements and an undergraduate degree from Emory & Henry College. More information about this program can be found here.


Guaranteed Admission to MSAT Program

Emory & Henry College is pleased to offer guaranteed admission into the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) for qualifying students completing their undergraduate degree at Emory & Henry. Prospective students would need to meet all MSAT admission requirements and prerequisite coursework before a seat would be reserved in the program. The most common path for completing these requirements is through the Exercise Science major, although many majors could be utilized, such as Health and Human Performance or Biology.  All requirements for admission are listed in the Admission and Tuition Information section. Interested students should contact the Athletic Training Department Chair for more information.