Exercise Science


The fitness industry is growing tremendously in today’s wellness and health-oriented society. People are interested in improving their level of health and physical fitness. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve one’s well-being and increase longevity and quality of life. A degree in exercise science can lead the student into many career tracks including personal trainer, private fitness club, YMCA/YWCA, health club, rehabilitation center, retirement center, corporate wellness center, sport medicine, athletic training, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation or exercise physiology. This major takes an applied learning approach, allowing the student opportunities for actual work experiences along with the course work.

Grace College has a partnership that allows our graduates from the Exercise Science major to continue into the master’s in athletic training at Manchester University.

Course Requirements for a B.S. in Exercise Science (Health & Wellness)

Course Requirements for a B.S. in Exercise Science (Pre-Physical Therapy)

Exercise Science (Pre-Physical Therapy) Brochure


Examples of courses in this major:

EXS 3600 Fitness Assessment

This course prepares the student to understand and perform fitness testing with various populations. The course emphasis is on proper fitness testing methods and procedures. Appropriateness of testing and testing protocols will be included.

EXS 4180 Exercise Physiology

The study of the human body under the stress of physical activity and the two related areas of conditioning and athletic training. Relates the practical principles of physiology to teaching physical education and coaching athletic teams.

BIO 2210 Nutrition

Functions and interrelationships of food nutrients throughout the life cycle of humans. Includes digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients as well as dietary evaluation and modification for physiological needs. Other areas of study include: role of social, psychological and cultural factors in food selection.

BIO 3210 Anatomy and Physiology

The study of the basic gross and microscopic anatomy with an introduction to body organization, cytology and histology. This course includes an in-depth study of several major organ systems.