SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Exercise Science major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Joe Wooderson
Chair, Department of Kinesiology
(417) 328-1772

Visit the Department of Kinesiology website for more information.

Job prospects in Exercise Science are endless.

The major focuses on working with people and their health, with major focuses on health, physical performance, and improvement or retention of both for people of all ages and abilities.

The SBU Advantage

  • Wide variety of courses within the major
  • Practicum experience provides hands-on learning
  • Internship opportunities in several areas will prepare you for graduate school or employment

Engaged Learning

Practicum and internship experiences allow you to apply information learned through the degree program.

Course Information

Exercise Science is a Bachelor of Science degree requiring 79 hours of course work in addition to general education and graduation requirements.

Internship Opportunities

Examples of previous internships include wellness coaching, cardiac rehab, exercise/rehab classes, and strength and conditioning coaching at hospitals, fitness centers, YMCA facilities, retirement communities, nursing homes, and within corporations.

Career Opportunities

Career options include personal training, biomechanics, post-graduate schooling/certification in physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, cardiac rehab spa director, and strength and conditioning. Graduates also have gone on for further training for careers, such as physician assistant, occupational therapy, nutritionist, chiropractor, and physical therapy assistant.

Degree Requirements

BIO 2204 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
An introduction to the study of form and function of the human body. This course is the first in a two-semester sequence. Particular attention will be given to the study of cells, tissues, and metabolism, as well as the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and digestive systems. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 3304 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
This course is a continuation of Biology 2204. Areas of study will include: the nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, and the urogenital systems. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
ESC 1013 Introduction to Exercise Science
A course designed to help students develop perspectives in the field of exercise science. Students will examine the different areas of study within the field, kinds of programs, qualifications needed to enter the field, career opportunities, and issues facing exercise science professionals.
ESC 4043 Exercise Science Practicum
Credit given for hands-on experience gained through exercise prescription and training of selected volunteer clients.
ESC 4053 Biomechanical Analysis
A course to acquaint students with various evaluation methods in exercise science and exercise physiology. Practice is given to administering tests and interpreting results with appropriate statistical procedures.
ESC 4001 Exercise Science Capstone
Exploration of exercise science knowledge and issues facing professionals in the field. Students will prepare to take the ACSM Health Fitness Instructors Exam or the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam.
ESC 4986 Exercise Science Internship
A fulltime residency for on-the-job training under the supervision of an exercise science professional. Includes observation, supervision, planning, instruction, direct leadership and evaluation. Minimum requirement-240 hours.
KIN 1043 Personal & Community Health
Study of major health problems and factors determining health. Special considerations given to principles and practices of good health for individual and community concerns.
KIN 1163 Foundations of Fitness for Professionals
Study and participation in programs recommended for the development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress management, and program implementation. Special consideration will be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their field.
KIN 2022 Perceptual Motor Development
Methods of teaching children through movement experiences. An emphasis will be placed on perceptual motor development as it relates to movement.
KIN 2072 Senior Adult Recreation
An investigation of the needs and potentials of senior adults with emphasis on recreation programming opportunities. Problems of aging are also considered.
KIN 2243 Nutrition
Nutritional requirements of mankind with emphasis on the roles of nutrients in the body throughout the life cycle.
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise
Study of the effects of exercise on the organs and systems of the body; special emphasis on the cardio-respiratory system.
KIN 3093 Sports Safety Training
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
KIN 4003 Kinesiology
Study of skeletal and muscle systems as they relate to physical education and athletic movements. Practice is given in identification of proper form and procedures for correcting errors in sports movements.
KIN 4013 Sport and Physical Activity in American Society
A study of the place of sports and physical activity in American society. Principles, historical events and current status of sports and physical activity will be studied.
KIN 4043 Adapted Physical Education
Surveys areas of exceptionalities that occur within a physical education class as well as in a classroom setting. It is designed to help the prospective physical education teacher identify and understand the unique problems of the disabled individual giving specific consideration to mental retardation, pervasive development disorders, learning disabilities mental health disorders, physical disabilities, communication and visual disorders, health impairments, aging, juvenile and adult corrections.
KIN 4762 Problem Solving in Recreation & Sports Management
A seminar on problem solving in the recreation profession. Aimed at facilitating transition between the academic and professional experience.
KIN 4773 Principles of Strength & Conditioning
This is an in depth course which covers specific resistance training and conditioning as it pertains to athletes and adults. It is a cumulative course that allows students to apply human physiology and biomechanics as they relate to human performance. This course is to prepare the student for the Personal Strength and Conditioning certification test.
PHY 115 General Physics I
A non-calculus physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts of mechanics, heat and wave motion. Designed for pre-physical therapy, science education, biology, pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-optometry and pre-pharmacy majors. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.
PSY 3063 Human Growth & Development
A "Life-Span" study of human growth and developmental processes including physiological, psychological and sociological influences and effects.
PSY/SOC 3243 Elementary Statistics
Measurement, averages, variability percentile rank, normal curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the behavior sciences.
PSY 3393 Introduction to Sports Psychology
An introduction to the field of sports psychology and performance enhancement. This course will cover sport and exercise psychology as well as techniques used in the field. This course will prepare the student for any graduate program that is in the area of sports psychology.
PSY/SOC 4373 Being Human and Addicted
A study of the effects of drugs on the human being, issues of physiology, psychology, sociology and religion will be addressed as they relate to chemical dependency. An overview of treatment methods and therapy will be included.
SOC 4083 Gerontology
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the theories of aging, the way the aging individual relates to the social systems, adjustment patterns of the aging and societal issues confronting older Americans.
Choose one of the following:
NUR/HSC 1013 Medical Terminology
This online course focuses on the basic principles of medical terminology and application to the day-to-day work of allied health personnel.
PTH 2523 Introduction to Physical Therapy
Introduces students to the multifaceted role of the physical therapy profession. Topics include the diversity and growth of healthcare and physical therapy, methodologies used in physical therapy education, and the concept of the health care team. Introduction to medical terminology will also be made, teaching the student to form medical terms, and define medical terms used in medical documents to be able to read and write these documents.