Whether you’re interested in becoming a personal trainer, fitness coach, physical therapist or a host of other opportunities, you'll get the experiences you need to prepare you for success.

Programs of Study

Exercise science is offered through the nutrition, dietetics, and exercise science department.

Major or Minor in Exercise Science

Upon graduation, exercise science majors are qualified to sit for the certification exam for one of two accrediting organizations, the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Fitness, Strength and Conditioning Concentration

This concentration will give you a foundation to pursue a variety of health-related professional fields.

Preprofessional Concentration in Clinical Practice, Rehabilitation and Therapy

This concentration will prepare you for professional and graduate programs. Total credits depend on the intended postgraduate program.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

See concentrations for required courses.

Exercise science majors must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better and a grade of “C” or better for all courses required in the major and the concentration in fitness, strength, and condition concentration. The following courses are recommended but not required:

These recommended courses are not required for the exercise science major but could be prerequisite courses required by professional or graduate programs depending on the student’s preferred professional path – some professional and graduate programs require them, while others do not. All exercise science majors should refer to the health professions section of the course catalog for all supporting courses specific to the indicated preprofessional preparation program and work with health professions advisors.

Concentrations

Fitness, Strength and Conditioning Concentration

The requirements for a major in exercise science with concentration in fitness, strength, and condition are 50 credits.

Preprofessional Concentration in Clinical Practice, Rehabilitation and Therapy

The requirements for a major in exercise science with concentration in clinical practice, rehabilitation, and therapy are 64-68 credits.

  • BIOL 306 – Human Anatomy and Physiology, 4 credits

OR

  • BIOL 411 – Integrated Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I AND BIOL 412 – Integrated Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II

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AJ Flemming '17, Exercise Science Major on Grad School Preparedness

It doesn’t take a biology or chemistry degree to become a doctor. An exercise science student is highly prepared for graduate school after Concordia. Tack on a minor or two (I recommend biology and/or psychology) to gain more insight outside of the major.
Contact

Dr. Emily C. Huber-Johnson

Assistant Professor/Program Director, Exercise Science Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Science, Exercise Science