Earning a Degree in Exercise Science: Everything You Need to Know

Posted June 24, 2014 | By csponline


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If you are committed to health, fitness and helping others achieve their goals, earning a degree in exercise science is a great way to turn your passion into a career. With the job outlook for athletic trainers and exercise physiologists growing at a faster-than-average rate of 19%, along with rewarding salaries, the exercise science field is a great choice for any student. But for many students, the flexibility and convenience of an online program is critical to earning their degree. Concordia University, St. Paul’s online Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science program prepares you for a rewarding career while also allowing you t o juggle work and family commitments.

Our fully online exercise science program consists of 41 core credit hours and focuses on kinesiology concepts in human movement, exercise and management. The degree coursework prepares you for positions in coaching, fitness and wellness, health education, personal training and rehabilitation sciences. If graduate study is in your future, our program also prepares you for continued education in areas such as:

  • Athletic training
  • Biomechanics
  • Chiropractics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Human growth
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy

No matter what your future goals are in the field, our exercise science degree provides you with the knowledge and skills you need for career success.

Exercise Science Courses

You’ll complete the following coursework as part of the exercise science program at Concordia.

  • Health Psychology: This course is designed to help you learn the skills necessary to bridge clients’ thoughts, feelings and actions by integrating thought and behavior into one approach to the delivery of health education that accommodates the whole person. You’ll explore cognitive techniques such as lecture, discussion, readings, presentations, data collection and care planning combined with the behavioral components of emotion and action.
  • Exercise Physiology: In this course, students examine the physiological basis for human performance, as well as the effects of physical activity on the body’s functions. Course components include lecture, discussion, group exercises, class teachings and written projects.
  • Epidemiological Foundations: This course is designed to provide you with a historical background in epidemiological studies. It exposes you to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basics of epidemiological activity and classical epidemiological investigations. By applying knowledge from a range of disciplines, you’ll be better able to study disease, wellness and other health-related events in populations.
  • Motor Development, Control and Learning: This course examines human growth and development patterns from infancy, adolescence, adulthood and late adulthood. The purpose of the course is to enhance your insight into the role that the motor system plays in human life. Content follows motor control through development across the lifespan.
  • Biomechanics: This course examines the physics of human movement. Content areas include the structural mechanics of bone construction, muscle contraction, ligament and tendon plasticity and elasticity. You will also explore sport implement mechanics and the mechanics of environmental conditions, as well as sport performance issues.
  • Applied Nutrition: This course covers the interaction of humans with food. You’ll study nutritional concepts, consumer issues in nutrition, nutritional needs throughout the life cycle and international nutrition concerns.
  • Sports Business: In this course, you’ll complete a comprehensive analysis of issues related to sports business. These topics include finance, accounting and budgeting s they relate to the world of sports business.
  • Senior Professional Seminar: This is a capstone course that prepares you for different career paths following graduation. These include entering the workforce, teacher education and graduate school. You’ll develop a resume, request letters of recommendation, complete a professional portfolio and identify job-searching strategies.
  • Kinesiology Internship: This internship puts you in a setting where you’ll apply entry-level competencies. The student and advisor collaborate with on-site supervisors to select an appropriate internship site.


How to Apply

The application process for our exercise science undergraduate program is streamlined to get you on track faster. Just complete the following process:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended.
    * If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
    * If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program and contact information and can be submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

What has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree?
What are your long-term personal and professional goals?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Stephanie Shank, Enrollment Manager
Email: shank@csp.edu
Phone: 1-800-293-7075 ext. 106

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