Exercise Science

Department of Kinesiology

Exercise Science

UIndy’s exercise science program prepares you for positions in exercise testing and prescription for athletes—from “weekend warriors” to professionals—or in clinical settings, such as health clubs, corporate fitness facilities or cardiac rehabilitation centers. An exercise science degree also provides solid preparation for advanced education and certification in fields such as physical and occupational therapy, sports, medicine, human biology and other health sciences.

UIndy’s program demonstrates academic excellence as the first in Indiana to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Program strengths

  • High admittance rate to graduate programs in sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy and more
  • Small class sizes allow students to get to know their professors and count on them for assistance
  • Emphasis on in-class and out-of-class research projects
  • Applied learning through courses in cardiovascular training, resistance training, exercise prescription and testing for the Healthy Diploma program

"I interned with the National Institute for Fitness and Sports (NIFS), which was a truly unique opportunity. An internship is one of the final requirements needed to obtain a bachelor's in exercise science, and although challenging, NIFS was a great experience to put on my resume."

Alex Bahney


Exercise science students have interned or worked for:

National Institute of Fitness and Sports
Public Safety Medical Services
St. Vincent Sports Performance
Community Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
IU Health Sports Performance
St. Francis Hospital
OrthoIndy
Children’s Theraplay
Acceleration Indiana

Potential careers in exercise science

  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Personal trainer
  • Health-fitness specialist
  • Strength and conditioning specialist

Certification opportunities

Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science are eligible to sit for two important industry certifications.

Health/Fitness Specialist (HFS)

This certification from the American College of Sports Medicine allows you to perform exercise testing and prescription for the general population, including people with low-level disease, e.g. obesity and stable heart disease.

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

The National Strength and Conditioning Association certifies graduates for exercise testing and prescription of athletes.


Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you’ll need to take as an exercise science major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements, while the exercise science curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in exercise science. You’ll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you’ll take at UIndy.

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