Exercise Science


The Exercise Science program prepares graduates for entry into the field of Exercise Science, graduate course work, and professional school by developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills through a scaffolding of course work using traditional lecture and hands-on based learning.


The Exercise Science program integrates the theories and practicalities of exercise physiology in preparing graduates for a career in the field of health and fitness. This is achieved through an understanding of the science of human movement and physiology, coupled with essential hands-on experiences that culminate in an internship in a health/fitness facility. Students in the Exercise Science program have the opportunity to actively participate in faculty and student research projects, thus expanding their professional knowledge and abilities, and preparing them for the expectations of advanced study in Exercise Science and health-related fields. 

The Exercise Science major has two concentrations:


Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology concentration focuses on the preparation for allied health degrees (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Physician Assistant, Chiropractic, Athletic Training and more).

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The Kinesiology concentration is designed to prepare students for the application of the Exercise Science degree in personal, community and corporate leisure, fitness and wellness industries, sports team applications, coaching, personal business, or outdoor recreation settings. It will require a minor which will allow students to tailor their degree to their professional goals.

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Students can also minor in Exercise Science.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the B.S. in Exercise Science program can pursue positions in athletic programs, exercise/fitness centers, hospital and corporate-based wellness programs, rehabilitation centers, and other settings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers related to the field of exercise science are growing. Some examples of jobs from the Occupational Handbook Outlook include:

  • Fitness Trainers and Instructors: Employment is projected to grow 10% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects are best for workers with professional certification or advanced levels of formal education in health or fitness
  • Exercise Physiologist: Employment in this field is expected to grow 13% through 2026, faster than most careers in the United States. The job involves developing fitness plans that help patients recover from chronic disease.
  • Coaches and Scouts: Employment is expected to grow 13% through 2026, faster than average for all occupations. An increasing emphasis in high school and college sports will require more knowledgeable coaches in areas of fitness, strength, performance and nutrition. Scouts for college or professional sports teams will need to have basic understanding of fitness and agility.
  • Recreational Therapist: Employment in this field is expected to grow 7% through 2026, which is as fast as the average job growth. Recreational therapists help plan exercise and movement-based therapy programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illness.

Other Career Pathways

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Fitness Director
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Physical Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Rehab Technician
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Wellness Coordinator


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Professional Pathway Preparation

An Exercise Science degree from Fairmont State provides the theoretical and scientific foundation required for the successful application into the following professions:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractor
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Athletic Training