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Students at SRU gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art labs and through internships

Exercise Science

Offered by: Exercise Science

Slippery Rock University's Exercise Science major provides students with practical, hands-on learning experiences that prepares them to become industry leaders right out college. Under the careful supervision of our student-centered faculty, you'll become an expert at using the most advanced technology in the Exercise Science field. 

The Bachelor's in Exercise Science program at SRU is accredited and has a national reputation for being one of the best in the country. Our classes provide a strong science base-covering subjects like anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics-and enable you to apply this knowledge in practical experiences working with real people.

Why major in Exercise Science?

If studying the human body and using exercise as medicine excites you, this major may be perfect for you. This program will prepare you for careers in the medical and health science fields and corporate wellness/health coaching. Most of our students also continue on to graduate school in one of many healthcare-related fields, such as:

The Exercise Science department also offers scholarships to majors and is also committed to preparing students for national certification exams.

What Will You Learn?

SRU's Exercise Science major will give you the knowledge and skills needed to work as a health and fitness professional. You will learn how to:

  • Evaluate health behaviors and risk factors
  • Conduct fitness assessments
  • Develop and implement safe and effective exercise prescriptions
  • Learn and use motivational strategies to guide people in behavioral change

SRU also has numerous student organizations you can get involved in. Exercise Science majors can join the Strength and Conditioning Association, Run Club, Pre-Physical Therapy Club, and more!

Internships and Careers in Exercise Science

Your bachelor's degree in Exercise Science will enable you to work in a variety of health and fitness roles and facilities, including:

  • Insurance company wellness coach
  • Hospital in cardiac rehabilitation
  • University recreation facilities
  • Corporate wellness
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports performance
  • Fitness centers

SRU students have interned at Olympic Training Center, Duke Diet and Fitness Center, Verizon Wireless, and more!

Learn more about our Exercise Science major!

Slippery Rock University's Exercise Science program provides students with hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art labs. Interested in learning more? Request more information today!