Exercise Science, Human Performance and Fitness Concentration, B.S.

The Exercise Science, Human Performance and Fitness Concentration, B.S. program prepares you to work in many areas in the health and fitness industries. You can prepare for what’s next by spending time in our well-equipped laboratories, gaining hands-on experience with fitness testing, and receiving personalized attention from faculty.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn how the body responds and adapts to physical activity and exercise. All students must complete core coursework in exercise programming, motor behavior, psychology, and injury prevention.

 Because this concentration prepares you for careers in the fitness, performance, health, and human services industries, coursework emphasizes learning how to work with people on a variety of health and fitness goals in a variety of settings, ranging from individualized personal training to group exercise instruction to clinical and athletic populations. A required internship also provides great hands-on experience and opportunities for putting what you’ve learned in the classroom into real-life practice.

Katie Booth in a field of other cross country runners

Meet Katie Booth '20

“I was always hands-on in the lab. I learned most of what I know by applying it to our labs. Our classes were never just lectures.”

How Katie Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

For high school students, university admission standards must be met to declare the major for this concentration.

For transfer students, you must have completed 15 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or above and must have one science course in biology, chemistry or physics completed with a grade of C or above.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

Students in this concentration could pursue minors in areas such as:

  • Business
  • Coaching
  • Disability Studies
  • Psychology
  • Gerontology

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Following graduation, students in this program can find work in many areas such as:

  • Personal training
  • Community and corporate fitness
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Wellness coaching
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Group exercise instruction
  • Recreational therapy

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

All major courses are taught by passionate, experienced and engaged faculty members. Small classes of about 20 students mean lots of one-on-one interactions with faculty. This allows you to build close relationships that blossom into strong networks as you move forward as a professional. 

Ship’s facilities are top notch and you’ll be very active for a great deal of your class time because of them. The Metabolic Analysis Lab and Movement Science Lab are stocked with equipment and instruments for testing power, strength, gait, glucose, and cardiorespiratory endurance. We also have the only on-site elementary school in the state, which provides opportunities for exercise science students to conduct pediatric exercise testing and programming.

Our program is well respected in the region. That’s because our graduates are making a difference in a variety of fields, but also in part because they present research at regional conferences.

Students also become CPR/AED and First Aid certified through the National Safety Council.

You are encouraged to participate in the Exercise Science Club and the Exercise Science Honors Society (if eligible).