Exercise Science

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Education

HELP OTHERS LIVE HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES, REDUCE CHRONIC DISEASE, AND ENHANCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN EXERCISE science FROM MOUNT MARTY.

The need for educated exercise professionals is great.  An undergraduate degree in Exercise Science will prepare students for the rigors of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Training graduate programs.  If graduate school is not for you, a Bachelor's in Exercise Science will give you a definitive edge in several areas including personal training, corporate wellness, and the field of Strength and Conditioning.  

At Mount Marty, you’ll gain the practical knowledge, skills, and professional expertise you need to help people of all ages and backgrounds adopt healthy behaviors and live longer healthier lives. Courses such as Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Motor Learning & Development, Health & Wellness in Special Populations, and Exercise & Sport Nutrition will provide students with an extensive background of knowledge that will prepare them for a wide variety of professional settings.

You’ll gain hands-on experience through internships at local fitness facilities, athletic organizations, and healthcare providers. You’ll also be exposed to the latest research and practices through laboratory and field experiences.

EXERCISE SCIENCE CLUB

The Exercise Science Club provides students, both inside and outside of the major, with additional opportunities in real-world experience to enhance their ability levels.  This includes working with the Boys & Girls Club of America and traveling to state and regional Exercise Science related conferences to hear from some of the leading experts in the field.

With an exercise wellness degree from Mount Marty, you’ll be prepared to sit for a variety of certification exams from nationally recognized organizations:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE): personal trainer, group fitness instructor, clinical exercise specialist, lifestyle and weight management consultant
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM): personal trainer, health and fitness instructor, exercise specialist, registered clinical exercise physiologist
  • Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA): personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist
  • National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM): personal trainer, group trainer, performance enhancement specialist

Coming Soon!

Our Exercise Science students enjoy a direct path to earning their master's degree in Athletic Training. Students who fulfill the necessary coursework and meet AU admissions requirements will be guaranteed acceptance to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

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Starting in the fall of 2019, students with have the option to choose between the traditional Exercise Science degree track or a Pre-Physical Therapy degree track. This track will allow students to complete *all of the pre-requisite courses for Physical Therapy school*, while obtaining their undergraduate degree in Exercise Science    

*This criteria is based off of the criteria set for the University of South Dakota. Some changes may need to be made on a case by case basis dependent on the school of choice."

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