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 offers courses toward a 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. Many exercise science graduates go on to graduate school to become occupational therapists, physical therapists, doctors, and physicians assistants.
A minor is not required, but some students choose to minor in Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Psychology, or Sport Science and Coaching.
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 housed in Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences, a new state-of-the-art facility with innovative classrooms and labs.
- 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.
On campus only
- Exercise Physiologist
- Exercise Specialist
- Exercise Testing Technician
- Fitness Instructor
- Fitness Center Program Director
- Hospital Wellness Program Director
- Corporate Fitness Director
- Personal Trainer
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Sport Scientist