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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

About the B.S. in Exercise Science Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian exercise science major will prepare you for careers in the health and fitness industry, corporate wellness programs, and sports training. You will also be prepared to pursue graduate education in exercise physiology and physical therapy. You will graduate able to assess cardiovascular risks, perform fitness testing, assist in lifestyle modifications, plan and execute exercise programs for all fitness levels, as well as address the spiritual needs of your clients.

Why Study Exercise Science at Cedarville?

Exercise Science Program Highlights

Biblical — With biblical integration in every course, you will discover how to serve your clients holistically in mind, body, and spirit.

Hands-on learning — You will learn as you perform real-life assessments on actual clients.

State-of-the-art laboratories — You will learn and practice with state-of-the-art equipment, such as the Bod Pod, Metabolic Cart, EKG system, and the Biodex Balance System.

Preparedness — Our curriculum prepares you to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification exams.

Mentoring faculty — You will learn from and be advised by Christian faculty members who care about your success.

What Can I Do With Exercise Science?

What kind of jobs can you get with an exercise science degree? Exercise science majors can pursue the following careers:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Corporate Wellness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Center Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength Coach
  • Worksite Health Promotion

Recent graduates of our program are now working for:

  • Baylor University
  • Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy
  • Fieldhouse at Sparta
  • Jemi Health and Wellness, Bahamas
  • Stedgebrook Retirement Community
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of California at Berkeley (Strength Coach)
  • University of Dayton

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Internships — You will complete a full semester internship as the capstone course for the Exercise Science major. Recent students have completed internships at Dayton Children’s Hospital; Duke Diet and Fitness Center; Kettering Sports Medicine; Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas; D1 Sports Training and Therapy at Ohio State University’s Recreation and Physical Activity Center, among others.

Health and Fitness Association (HAFA) — Student organization provides service and fellowship opportunities for those interested in health and fitness. The organization hosts the Mini Arnold Strength Competition on campus each year.

Research collaboration — You will have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with professors and fellow students, including having your research published.

Practicums — You will spend 30 hours getting hands-on experience during your campus and community practicums.

Kinesiology and Allied Health

Cedarville's Kinesiology and Allied Health programs will help you reach your career goals in human performance and health care fields.

Exercise Science Facilities

Learn in State-of-the-Art Facilities

You will gain hands-on, practical experience with our state-of-the-art equipment. Check out our facilities; then, picture yourself studying exercise science at Cedarville  University.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2018 graduates from the Department of Kinesiology and Allied Health were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Program Faculty

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April Crommett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

  • Location CAL 215
  • Phone 937-766-2793
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Elizabeth Sled, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

  • Location CAL 216
  • Phone 937-766-3247
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Exercise Science Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a range of courses including Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Psychology, and exercise science disciplines.

Sample courses:
  • Basic Exercise Testing
  • Exercise Physiology
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog