Clinical Exercise Science, BS

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This program's name has changed, effective Fall 2021. The previous name was Exercise and Wellness, BS.

Those with a passion for exercise and health can help optimize people's lives with the BS program in clinical exercise science.

In the Bachelor of Science in clinical exercise science degree program, students develop strong foundational knowledge in exercise physiology, functional anatomy, kinesiological principles, the psychological aspects of physical activity, and electrocardiology. They develop expertise in health, exercise and fitness testing through hands-on experience in labs with state-of-the-art exercise, metabolic and cardiopulmonary equipment.

Upper-division and special topics courses dive deeper into the physiology and exercise prescription for those with chronic cardiovascular, metabolic or neuromuscular conditions, preparing students to prevent, treat or reverse many of these conditions.

Students gain the knowledge necessary for passing NCCA-accredited certifications for exercise physiology and for pursuing Level 2 Exercise Is Medicine credentialing by the American College of Sports Medicine.

The Bachelor of Science in clinical exercise science can also be a springboard into medical school or professional graduate programs in fields such as physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Those with a passion for exercise and health can help optimize people's lives with the BS program in clinical exercise science.

In the Bachelor of Science in clinical exercise science degree program, students develop strong foundational knowledge in exercise physiology, functional anatomy, kinesiological principles, the psychological aspects of physical activity, and electrocardiology. They develop expertise in health, exercise and fitness testing through hands-on experience in labs with state-of-the-art exercise, metabolic and cardiopulmonary equipment.

Upper-division and special topics courses dive deeper into the physiology and exercise prescription for those with chronic cardiovascular, metabolic or neuromuscular conditions, preparing students to prevent, treat or reverse many of these conditions.

Students gain the knowledge necessary for passing NCCA-accredited certifications for exercise physiology and for pursuing Level 2 Exercise Is Medicine credentialing by the American College of Sports Medicine.

The Bachelor of Science in clinical exercise science can also be a springboard into medical school or professional graduate programs in fields such as physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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Clinical Exercise Science, BS

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Career outlook

This degree program prepares students to become exercise physiologists, an occupation with a faster than average growth rate according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Exercise physiologists promote, design and deliver evidence-based exercise programs to improve outcomes for clients with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic or neuromuscular conditions and those with developmental or physical disabilities.

Graduates may work as exercise physiologists in cardiac rehab, clinical exercise specialists, exercise scientists, or weight management consultants; these are just a few options from among many career paths.

Graduates of this program may pursue employment in locations such as:

  • cardiac rehabilitation facilities
  • corporate wellness firms
  • health care agencies and medical centers
  • hospitals
  • lifestyle and weight management consulting firms
  • medical fitness centers
  • nonprofit disease prevention agencies (e.g., American Heart Association)
  • outpatient fitness centers
  • university fitness and wellness centers

Specialty areas may include:

  • bariatric weight loss (counseling and pre- or post-surgery fitness training)
  • cancer patient exercise specialist
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • corporate fitness and worksite wellness
  • exercise and weight counseling and management

Possible careers titles may include the following:

  • bariatric weight loss counselor
  • cardiac rehabilitation specialist*
  • exercise physiologist
  • exercise scientist
  • exercise specialist
  • fitness center director or coordinator
  • group exercise specialist
  • health fitness specialist
  • inclusive fitness trainer
  • lifestyle and weight management consultant
  • occupational therapist*
  • personal trainer
  • recreational therapist*
  • worksite wellness coordinator or counselor

*Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Students are well prepared for admission into graduate programs in clinical exercise physiology, obesity prevention and management, rehabilitative fields (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy) and medicine.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Adapted Physical Education Specialists 8.5%$62,820
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 5.4%$59,100
Training and Development Specialists 8.6%$62,700
Exercise Physiologists 11.3%$50,280
Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors 15.4%$40,510
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
Occupational Therapists 15.9%$86,280
Physical Therapist Assistants 32.6%$59,770
Rehabilitation Counselors 10.3%$37,530
Therapists, All Other 14.6%$57,310

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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