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About the BS in Exercise Science Degree

Why Study Exercise Science at Cedarville?

If you are interested in pursuing a health and fitness-related career someday, Cedarville’s distinctly Christian exercise science major will prepare you for careers in the health and fitness industry, corporate wellness programs, and sports performance. You will also be prepared to pursue graduate education in exercise science programs as well as physical therapy and other allied health programs.

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. And, with biblical integration in every course, you will discover how to serve your clients with the mind of Christ.

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The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Exercise Science Program Highlights

Program Overview

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 fitness assessments on actual clients.

Exceptional Facilities — You will learn and practice with state-of-the-art equipment, such as the BodPod, 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.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of recent allied health graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

What Can You Do With an Exercise Science Degree?

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:

  • Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy
  • Fieldhouse at Sparta
  • Athletes in Action
  • Jemi Health and Wellness, Bahamas
  • Stedgebrook Retirement Community
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • University of Dayton (Physical Therapist)
  • United States Military Services
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.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Practicums — You will spend 30 hours getting hands-on experience working with professionals in athletics, geriatrics, health and fitness, cardiac rehab or other industry specialists.

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.

Internships — The capstone course in Exercise Science is a 300- hour internship. Recent students have completed internships at Dayton Children’s Hospital; Duke Diet and Fitness Center; Kettering Sports Medicine; Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas; and Athletes in Action, among others.

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.

This major offers an accelerated bachelor's-to-master's pathway for students interested in pursuing their MBA.

Sample courses:

  • Basic Exercise Testing
  • Exercise Physiology

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 4-Year
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Program Faculty

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April Crommett, PhD

Program Director, Exercise Science; Associate Professor of Exercise Science


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Elizabeth Sled, PhD

Associate Professor of Kinesiology


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