Exercise Science

Bachelor of science

Dr. Hanson in lab with student on treadmill

 

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Program overview

The Department of Human Performance and Health Education's Bachelor of Science in exercise science program is a scientifically-based curriculum which includes coursework in the basic sciences, the physiology and biomechanics of exercise, fitness assessment and exercise testing, exercise prescription and training, behavior modification and the clinical aspects of exercise.

Western Michigan University's exercise science program integrates classroom study with hands-on practical experiences in order to provide the student with a comprehensive level of academic preparation. Many courses include laboratory or field work experiences and all students complete a 450-hour internship in order to gain experience in their chosen career path.

Why exercise science at Western Michigan University

The exercise science program prepares students for careers in:

  • Corporate wellness
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Health and fitness promotion
  • Personal training
  • Strength and conditioning

The exercise science program is also appropriate for students interested in pursuing advanced or professional degrees in:

  • Athletic training
  • Exercise physiology or biomechanics
  • Medicine or chiropractic
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy

Classes

For class listings, program guides and other resources, visit the advising page for the exercise science major.

Internship

Through internships, students will gain practical experience in the fields of exercise science. Undergraduate students in the exercise science major are required to complete a minimum of 450 hours of internship experience.

Check out the internship checklist and details.

Potential internship areas: 

  • Corporate wellness
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Health and fitness promotion
  • Personal training
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Physical therapy / occupational therapy / chiropractic clinics 

For more information, contact exercise science internship coordinator Dr. Sangwoo Lee.

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