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Program Details

  • Award: Bachelor of Science
  • Credits: 120
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified
  • Emphases:
  • Pre-Physical Therapy, Credits: 37
  • General Exercise Science, Credits: 25

About this Program

The undergraduate Exercise Science major is designed to prepare a student for a career in exercise programming and supervision for individuals or groups across the lifespan. It does not require a minor area of study, however, many students choose to pursue minors in related areas such as biology, chemistry, business, food and nutrition, or health sciences. A wide range of electives are included allowing students to prepare for a variety of careers or graduate programs in Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Cardiac Rehabilitation, or Sports Psychology. Students who wish to prepare for admittance to professional programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical school, or physician's assistant, may choose to complete the requirements for the appropriate pre-professional program of study in conjunction with this program. The Exercise Science major prepares students to take two major certification examinations. The first is either the Health Fitness Instructor (HFI) or Personal Training certification offered through the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) or Personal Trainer.

Program Locations

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato 56002

Labor Market Information

  • Athletic Trainers

  • Median wage: $43,003/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

  • Median wage: $17.06/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Exercise Physiologists

  • Median wage: $27.51/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • College Recreation and Fitness Teachers

  • Median wage: $55,475/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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