Exercise Science

Exercise Science Degree

Exercise Science Undergraduate Degree

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation offers the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Exercise Science is the study of movement and the associated physiological and functional responses and/or adaptations. Exercise scientists must understand the scientific basis underlying exercise-induced physiological responses. In addition to the core, students complete either a clinical or non-clinical emphases area as well as an internship, and a student research project. While not required, many students also elect to complete a minor.

The goal of the Exercise Science Program is to produce top caliber graduates who can contribute to the body of knowledge in the fight against diseases associated with inactivity and/or an unhealthy lifestyle and to conduct ground breaking student and faculty research for the purpose of educating medical and health professionals on the importance of exercise in the health and well-being of humans.  

Why Pitt State?

The Applied Physiology (APL) and the Applied Movement Science (AMSL) Laboratories at Pittsburg State University serve as student- and research-driven educational centers dedicated to preparing students in the Exercise Science Program to pursue careers as Physical and Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Specialists, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (NSCA-CSCS), Certified Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES) or Certified Personal Trainers (CPT), and/or Master’s or Doctoral Graduate Students. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for measurements of body composition, maximal oxygen consumption, lung function, lactate threshold, power output, diabetes screening, muscle electrical activity, functional movement, and health and fitness parameters.

Students completing the Exercise Science program at Pittsburg State will be involved in classes that include hands-on learning opportunities that promote and develop important critical thinking skills. The required learning activities relate to the application of exercise physiology in either research, educational, or wellness settings. 

Career Options

Students who complete the Major in Exercise Science will have the knowledge and ability to transition into careers such as, but not limited to:

  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists (CSCS)
  • Certified Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES)
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Specialists
  • Certified Personal Trainers (CPT)

Internship and research opportunities

  • Students pursuing the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Exercise Science will complete courses in theory and practice of exercise testing and prescription.
  • Students completing the program will be qualified to sit for the Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Certified Health Fitness Specialist Exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  • Students are also qualified to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or Certified Personal Trainer Exams upon completion of the program.
  • In addition, students completing 500+ hours in a clinical experience program are qualified to sit for the Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) exam through the ACSM.

Learn more about the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) is located in the new Student Recreation Center. The HHPR faculty possess a wide array of specializations. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Exercise Science, Recreation, and Physical Education, a minor and certificate in Dance, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs. Exercise Science and Recreation meet requirements for the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which is a tuition discount program for non-resident students to attend Pittsburg State University. Students who have been selected to receive the MSEP discount will be charged 150 percent of resident tuition rates. Residents from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are eligible.

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Students in the Exercise Science major take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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