Program Details

  • Award: Bachelor of Science
  • Credits: 120
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Emphases:
  • Allied Health , Credits: 20
  • Coaching & Human Performance, Credits: 20
  • Corporate Wellness/Exercise Leadership, Credits: 20

About this Program

A Bachelor�s Degree in Exercise Science is a science-based approach to analyzing and improving human performance. Students learn both the theory and practice of assessing, designing, and implementing effective exercise programs. One of the distinctive features of our program is a hands-on service learning component embedded throughout the curriculum where students apply exercise science principles to real life situations. Students have the option of two emphases; an Allied Health emphasis prepares students for graduate and professional schools leading to career opportunities in Exercise Physiology and rehabilitative services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic Medicine, Physician Assistant, etc.); a Corporate Wellness/Exercise Leadership emphasis prepares students for a wide-range of careers requiring a bachelor�s degree, (Exercise Specialist, Wellness Director, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Athletic Enhancement, Coaching, Manager or Business Owner of an Exercise Facility, Etc.).

Program Locations

  • Southwest Minnesota State University 56258
  • Normandale Community College 55431

Labor Market Information

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Median wage:$27.51/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • 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
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Southwest Minnesota State University
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St. Marshall, MN 56258 Toll-Free: (800) 642-0684 Local: (507) 537-6286 TTY: (800) 627-3529 Email: Matthew.Suby@smsu.edu