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.
Examples of courses in this major:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. Athletic Training, Indiana Wesleyan University; M.S. Athletic Training, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Christina Walters joined the Grace College faculty in 2015 as the director of the exercise science program. She spent the previous seven years working as a certified athletic trainer, four of which were at Grace College. Walters is passionate about exercise science due to her love for athletics and the human body. She played collegiate softball at IWU, earning an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Award. She was also a two-time NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete and two-time NCCAA All-American Award. Her interests in kinesiology and biomechanics led to higher education with a desire to help others learn and discover movement. She currently lives in Warsaw and enjoys kayaking and water sports.
B.S. in Physical Education, Grace College; M.A. in Physical Education, Kent State University; Ed.D. in Sport Sociology, The University of Alabama
Darrell Johnson is the director of the sport management program. He is an active member in many professional organizations including AAHPERD, NASPE, AAPAR, IAHPERD and NASSM. He has presented at numerous state and national conventions and meetings on different sport management and physical education topics. Johnson is very active in major sports events by volunteering, and he encourages his students to be involved, too. Some of his recent experiences include the 2013 President’s Cup, the 2012 Super Bowl, the 2011 Big 10 Football Championship, the 2012 PGA Senior Championship and the USGA Senior Open. He regularly leads a group of students on a one-week trip to Atlanta, Georgia to study African-American culture and the rich history of African-American athletes. As a student, he was a pitcher on the Lancer's baseball team and currently holds the record for the most wins in a career and the most wins in a season. In 2009, he was inducted into the Grace College Athletic Hall of Fame.
B.S. in Microbiology, Colorado State University; M.S. in Microbiology, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego; Post-Doctorate, Molecular Biology, Stanford University
Following his doctoral studies, Richard Roberts spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, studying bacterial development. From 1996 to 2010, Roberts changed career directions to serve as a children's pastor at churches in Sunnyvale, California, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was excited to join the Grace faculty in 2010 and change his ministry focus from children to college students. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.
B.S. in Agriculture, University of Missouri; D.V.M., University of Missouri
Marcia Lee moved to the Winona Lake area in 1977 when she began teaching part-time for the college. She practiced veterinary medicine for approximately 35 years, seven in Missouri and the balance in Indiana. For a time, she owned and operated a veterinary clinic in Warsaw while also teaching at Grace.
A.S. in Engineering, Grand Rapids Junior College; B.S. in Applied Science, Michigan Technological University; M.S. in Solid State Physics, Michigan Technological University; M.Div., Grace Theological University; Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, Iowa State University
Don DeYoung joined the Grace College faculty in 1972. He is known internationally for his work in creation science studies. The author of 17 books on Bible-science topics, DeYoung speaks frequently on Bible-science topics. He is currently president of the Creation Research Society, which has 1,700 members worldwide. This group funds research, publishes a technical quarterly journal, and operates a laboratory in Arizona. He and his wife, Sally, have three married daughters.
Some of the positions you can obtain: