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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science

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Revolutionary things are happening in the world of health and fitness. It's a $78 billion global industry, and it's growing. Now, more than ever, people want to move beyond quick fixes and into the realm of true health. Fitness-educated individuals are needed in every corner of the industry to cut through the hype and cloudy science.

Exercise science is the study of movement and functional responses or adaptations associated with exercise. It answers questions like: How does the body respond to change? What are the components necessary to achieve optimum fitness? How do we go longer, grow stronger, move faster, and get better?

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science at William Woods University will prepare you for careers in the health and fitness industry, as well as in research or graduate school in various health science fields. It includes coursework in exercise physiology, kinesiology, fitness testing and prescription, and program design. You will also learn skills such as entrepreneurship, sports psychology, sports law and nutrition — supplementary skills that will not only make you stand out above other applicants, but will also enhance your career no matter what you do.

Upon graduation, you will be able to assess the fitness status of particular populations, such as athletes, youth, elderly, obese and more, and design programs to improve areas of fitness such as cardiovascular and muscular endurance and strength, flexibility, body composition and stress management.

Special opportunities

  • Take advantage of the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation
  • Train and work in our on-campus fitness facility, the Weider Fitness Center, named for honorary trustee and fitness entrepreneur Joe Weider
  • Study in the only institution in the state of Missouri recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP)
  • Prepare thoroughly for the NCSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification Exam
  • Complete an internship in which you will apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-life experience under the direct supervision of professionals in the fitness industry
  • Participate in many on-campus fitness opportunities and promotions such as Freshman Peer Mentoring or the Health Hunt Wellness Program Advisory Team
  • Enjoy small class sizes and the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty who are dedicated to helping you map out your career goals and make them happen
  • Join various service learning projects throughout the year, including the opportunity to mentor incoming William Woods University students in fitness and nutrition
  • Create an online portfolio which showcases your certifications, coursework and professional goals

Career opportunities

Pursue an exciting career as a/an:

  • Fitness instructor/coordinator
  • Strength and conditioning coach or specialist
  • Personal trainer
  • Wellness program director
  • Exercise physiologist
  • And others in the fitness industry, human performance, research, teaching, administrative or business roles

Employers

William Woods Exercise Science alumni are currently working for:

  • Health clubs locally and across the nation
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and testing centers
  • Wellness centers and corporate fitness facilities
  • Many graduates go onto graduate school to study a specialty area such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Chiropractic and Dietetics

Perspectives

The professors in my department were helpful in providing the resources and hands-on experience I needed to succeed. Without their assistance in the exercise science program, I would not have had the quantity and quality of job offers I was fortunate to have upon graduation. They truly cared about not only my education and experiences at William Woods, but what was best for me personally.

— Abbey Stock, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Requirements/Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 45 core major credits.

Courses you may take

BUS206

Entrepreneurship

3

EXS103

Nutrition

3

EXS180

Portfolio Development

1

EXS310

Advanced Human Nutrition

3

EXS315

Exercise Technique and Prescription

3

EXS390

Exercise Science Internship I

3

EXS405

Exercise Program Design

3

EXS451

Exercise Science Internship II

3

EXS460

Principles of Strength and Conditioning

3

PED131

Weight Control and Conditioning

2

PED205

Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology

3

PED220

Social Science in Sport

3

PED245

Anatomy and Physiology II

3

PED321

Kinesiology

3

PED322

Physiology of Exercise

3

PSY401

Sports Psychology

3

SMG310

Sports Law

3

Curriculum


Admissions Information

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