Majors / Exercise Science

Physical Education—Exercise Science (B.A., B.S.)

Indiana State University


The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in exercise science.

The Exercise Science Program is designed specifically to prepare students for careers as personal trainer, exercise physiologist, strength coach, or cardiac rehabilitation. Many students continue their education with post-graduate study in allied health areas (medical school, physician's assistant, physical therapy, chiropractor) or within the field (exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology).

Coursework in the major provides a cross-discipline choice of courses to meet each student's career interests, including study in the following areas:

  • Analysis of human motion
  • Human physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Physiology of exercise

Minors are available in coaching education, dance, strength and conditioning, and martial arts.

The program offers opportunities for on-site learning, with the internship as the culminating experience. Opportunities for laboratory experience are offered in physiology, biomechanics, graded exercise testing and prescription, and sports activity. Instruction is centered in the 230,000-square-foot Health and Human Services Building.

Numerous opportunities exist in Terre Haute and the surrounding area for students to volunteer with children and adults as coaches, instructors, and mentors. These include the local hospitals, clinics, fitness facilities, and the school corporations.

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Exercise science graduates will find a growing demand for their skills and talents in a variety of movement and fitness-based activity settings.

Career opportunities include the following:

  • Clinical exercise instructor
  • Health fitness instructor/leader in corporate or hospital settings and in public or private fitness centers
  • Personal trainer
  • Professional positions in the business of exercise/wellness
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Post-graduate education

Many students continue their education with post-graduate study in allied health areas (medical school, physician's assistant, physical therapy, chiropractor), or within the field (exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology).


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport offers a variety of scholarships.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport
Indiana State University

Last updated: June 18, 2014

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.

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