Exercise science prepares students to work in exercise-related areas by examining the effects of exercise and physical activity on the human body.
The Exercise Science (BS) degree at Appalachian State University is primarily for students who prefer to have a more flexible career path with multiple options. The extensive choices within the Exercise Science electives and Interdisciplinary electives provide the foundation required for immediate employment in the fitness/wellness industry or for successful admission to graduate or professional schools.
Faculty in the Department of Health and Exercise Science are nationally and internationally known researchers who are also expert teachers.
Employment: Students graduating with this degree will be prepared for careers in fitness or wellness programs with the general public, including as an exercise specialist for cardiopulmonary wellness programs, or as a youth wellness specialist.
Graduate School: Students can pursue graduate programs in exercise science to prepare them for working in an academic setting or further prepare them for specific careers in the field. If students have chosen the correct prerequisite courses and meet all other requirements, students may also apply for various health-related professional programs.
Students take a 32-hour Exercise Science core, plus 30 hours of related exercise or interdisciplinary courses.
A minor is not required, but some students choose to minor in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Public Health, Nutrition or Health Care Management.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Exercise Science Club - designed for students majoring or minoring in exercise science or those interested in the field of exercise science. The club is a great way for students to meet each other and learn important information about the major and what you can do with it after graduation.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- The Department of Health and Exercise Science is primarily housed in the Holmes Convocation Center, which has 13 advanced laboratories, 10 classrooms and extensive public service areas.
- Students gain valuable skills through applied laboratory experiences in state-of-the-art facilities. The Human Performance Laboratory Complex houses the Human Performance, Hydrostatic and Fisher Hamilton/Nycom Biochemistry laboratories. There are also Neuromuscular and Biomechanics laboratories in the department.
- Students have opportunities to conduct research alongside their professors and contribute to finding innovative solutions for regional and national problems. They also present their findings at professional conferences.
Number of Students
Method of Delivery
On campus only
- Activities Director
- Adventure Trainer
- Group Fitness Instructor
- Community/Corporate Wellness Coordinator
- Exercise Physiologist
- Fitness Director/Coordinator
- Industrial Fitness Specialist
- Personal Trainer
- Sport Coach
- Youth/Sport Camp Director