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.

Exercise science graduates are employed by a variety of companies, including:


of Exercise Science majors

Complete a Practicum Experience prior to graduating


of 2022 and 2023 Exercise Science graduates are

Employed or enrolled in/completing a graduate program


of 2024 Exercise Science graduates

have engaged in undergraduate research

Programs of Study

The exercise science program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) including the strength and conditioning add-on. The exercise science major is offered through the nutrition, dietetics, and exercise science department of the Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions.

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.

The Exercise Science major at Concordia is a science-based major that prepares students to be successful in a broad variety of career options after graduation. A few of these areas include:

  • Hospitals: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise specialists, clinical exercise specialists, exercise stress testing technologist, chronic disease management, diabetes education, and wellness/health coaching

  • Corporate: corporate fitness management, personal training, strength and conditioning, pharmaceutical sales, and health and fitness technology development

  • Community: worksite/employee wellness, community wellness programming, health education, fitness club management, personal training, health programming, state and local health department specialist

  • University/College: strength and conditioning, employee and student wellness programming, health education, wellness center management

  • Tactical Occupation: military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue personnel exercise physiologist, fitness performance assessment specialist, wellness center manager

  • Researcher: carry out scientific research to advance the field of exercise science

Additionally, many students interested in pursuing a career in a professional health-care setting major in Exercise Science to prepare for continued studies in:

  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Chiropractic

Dr. Emily C. Huber-Johnson

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