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Exercise Science (BS)


As the scientific study of exercise and sport, Exercise Science unleashes an altogether new experience for students interested in the study of physical activity and the impact it has on health, fitness and athletics. As a discipline that's heavily rooted in the physical and life sciences including chemistry, biology and physics, Exercise Science draws on the experiences and knowledge of a broad spectrum of academic resources, including award-winning faculty. At SVSU, students engage in scientific research and education of how human movement influences a person's daily performance from their fitness routine to their basic health. Through collaborative interactions with sports teams and community partners, students connect and discover real-world experiences pivotal to their educational and professional growth. Within the Exercise Science program, fellow students get the chance to learn and explore in interactive environments from SVSU's state-of-the-art laboratory space and classrooms to the sidelines on the field—for these cardinals, the real world is their playground! 

Cardinal Points

  • This program offers service-learning activities which includes working closely with hospitals, clinics and community partners throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

  • Students consistently have the opportunity to work with faculty members to participate in the research process, including the presentation and publication of research findings. 

  • Students have access to a state-of-the-art laboratory space which includes, but is not limited to a BodPod, metabolic carts, ECG equipment, treadmills, cycle ergometers, ultrasound machines and TENS stimulators. 

  • The Exercise Science major prepares students to meet specific competencies set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

SVSU's Exercise Science program offers a strong foundation in chemistry, biology and physics courses, with a special emphasis on clinical fieldwork. Students are provided with strong field-based instruction in areas of exercise testing, exercise prescription, programming techniques and nutrition using current technologies with a variety of populations and environments. Exercise Science majors will receive an engaging and hands-on education to prepare them for wherever their career leads.

Highlighted Courses

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Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Memorial Healthcare
Anytime Fitness
Saginaw Valley State University
Michigan Fitness Foundation
Covenant HealthCare Hospital
MidMichigan Medical Center
Sarah Fechter Fitness

Graduate Programs

Central Michigan University
University of Michigan
Michigan State University
University of Dayton
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Wake Forest University
Penn State University
Grand Valley State University
Ball State University
Northwestern University
University of South Carolina

Career Opportunities

Physical Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Certified Personal Trainer
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Director of Campus Recreation
Cardiac Rehabilitation Technician
Wellness Specialist
Athletic Coach
Wellness Coach

  • 10% projected growth for the employment of exercise physiologists with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $49,270 is the median yearly pay for an exercise physiologist in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Exercise Science program, students are prepared for a multitude of careers in the public and private sectors as a physical therapist, personal trainer, dietician, exercise physiologist, physician's assistant, coach, athletic trainer and more!

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.