Beginning this fall, Emory & Henry College will offer a new undergraduate major that gives students two options for obtaining a bachelor’s of science degree in Exercise Science. Exercise Science is the study of exercise and the human body.
The major offers two initial track options – clinical health and fitness/wellness. Both tracks include classroom, laboratory and clinical internship experiences.
The clinical health professions track provides students with a strong scientific foundation related to the physiological effects of exercise and physical inactivity. The curriculum includes the common prerequisite courses necessary for admission to many graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies. Graduates from this track will also be qualified to pursue employment opportunities such as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings.
The fitness and wellness track assists students in earning certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. This track includes 19 hours of electives, which will also enable students to earn a minor in a related course of study.
Both degree tracks prepare students for graduate study in related fields such as nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, public health and health promotion.
The exercise science degree is housed in the School of Health Sciences Department of Athletic Training. For more information about the new bachelor’s degree in exercise science, please contact Dr. Brianne Kilbourne at or 276-944-6915.