The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in exercise science.
The Exercise Science Program is designed specifically to prepare students for careers as personal trainer,
exercise physiologist, strength coach, or cardiac rehabilitation. Many students continue their education with post-graduate study in allied
health areas (medical school, physician's assistant, physical therapy, chiropractor) or within
the field (exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology).
Coursework in the major provides a cross-discipline choice of courses to meet each student's career
interests, including study in the following areas:
The program offers opportunities for on-site learning, with the internship as the culminating experience.
Opportunities for laboratory experience are offered in physiology, biomechanics, graded exercise testing and prescription, and sports activity. Instruction is centered in the 230,000-square-foot Health and Human Services Building.
Numerous opportunities exist in Terre Haute and the surrounding area for students to volunteer with children and
adults as coaches, instructors, and mentors. These include the local hospitals, clinics, fitness facilities, and the
Exercise science graduates will find a growing demand for their skills and talents in a variety of movement and fitness-based activity settings.
Career opportunities include the following:
Clinical exercise instructor
Health fitness instructor/leader in corporate or hospital settings and in public or private fitness centers
Professional positions in the business of exercise/wellness
Strength and conditioning coach
Many students continue their education with post-graduate study in allied health areas (medical school,
physician's assistant, physical therapy, chiropractor), or within the field (exercise physiology, biomechanics,
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport offers a variety of scholarships. For information about these awards, contact the department.
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport
Indiana State University
Last updated: June 13, 2013
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