Bachelors In Exercise Science

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Bachelors In Exercise Science

Overview Become a Fitness Professional As new workout routines and exercise fads are continually introduced, the demand for professionals with knowledge of the human body and its movement continues to grow. Exercise science involves the study of the anatomical, kinesiological and physiological principles and processes of human movement. Through Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Sports Performance, offered through the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, you focus on learning techniques and theory for improving performance in sports and fitness-related activities with numerous hands-on laboratory courses. The sports performance emphasis focuses on preparing those interested in working with a wide variety of populations, including athletes and those in various other fields such as fire, military and law enforcement. This bachelors in exercise science program also incorporates health and wellness promotion for the general population and various special populations, including those with chronic and temporary health conditions. This bachelor’s degree in exercise science includes a sports performance capstone course that is a culmination of all learning experiences and focuses on career preparation with skills that include resume building, portfolio creation and networking. Our sports performance degree program aligns to the body of knowledge provided by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Degree Outcomes Explore Sports Performance With GCU’s bachelors in exercise science, you have the opportunity to gain foundational knowledge of behavior change, basic nutrition and sports nutrition. You also explore the link between physical activity and improved health outcomes. Additionally, this exercise science degree helps you learn professional and ethical practices as seen through the lens of a Christian worldview. The sports performance degree also gives you the opportunity to work in an active learning environment where you can apply and practice the skills studied throughout the courses. Through this program, you gain practical experience while learning the knowledge and skills necessary to become a fitness professional. What You Will Learn Study a Practical Sports Performance Curriculum Course topics in this program include: Lifetime personal wellness and teaching of fitness Resistance training Cardiovascular fitness Anatomy and physiology Health risk appraisal, weight control and management Nutrition Exercise testing and prescription Methods of teaching health and measuring in exercise science Physiology of exercise Exercise science in special populations Health promotion Kinesiology Principles of corrective exercises Health management and administration Advanced principles of sports performance Biomechanics and sports nutrition Career Outcomes Discover Sports Performance Careers The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Sports Performance prepares you to find a fulfilling career in the fitness industry. The curriculum gives you the opportunity to prepare for multiple certifications and to take additional prerequisite courses that may help prepare you for entry into graduate school in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant, kinesiology, exercise physiology, chiropractic, naturopathic and medicine. As a graduate of this program, you may consider seeking employment as a fitness professional, exercise physiologist or education administrator. You may also choose to continue your education by earning a post-graduate degree in a field like athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, occupational therapy, kinesiology, education or public health.
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Bachelors In Exercise Science

Exercise Science The Opportunities The bachelor’s degree in exercise science at KU in Overland Park helps set up students for career success. It also serves as a strong foundation for graduate level work in health sciences, including physical therapy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 36 percent growth in physical therapy through 20221.  The Degree Offered through the KU School of Education’s Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences Department, the exercise science degree completion program contains a strong core of basic science courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. Key coursework includes exercise physiology, biomechanics, biochemistry, kinesiology and an internship option. Faculty is comprised of experts who are Fellows of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and of the American College of Sports Medicine. The Results The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students to succeed in agencies that dispense health- and fitness-related programs, such as commercial or private health and fitness centers, hospital exercise and cardiac rehabilitation programs, and corporate fitness centers. It also serves as a foundation for graduate-level work in health sciences, such as nursing, chiropractic, medicine (physician assistant, medical doctor, etc.), physical/occupational therapy or dietetics. For students interested in pursuing additional education, exercise science graduates can apply for admission to most physical therapy (PT) schools. The requirements of the program meet the prerequisites of the University of Kansas Medical Center physical therapy program. Additional courses may be necessary to fulfill admission requirements for other PT programs. Please see the program advisor for additional details. This program is funded by the Education and Research Triangle initiative. 1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 
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Bachelors In Exercise Science

Eric, I am currently a freshman in college and recently decided to have a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, but after reading your article, I am unsure of my pathway. As of right now, I want to pursue a career as a Personal Trainer or a strength conditioning coach because I love the Exercise Science courses I am taking and love the field. The field of Physical Therapy doesn’t really interest me because nowadays you can’t just get a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy, you have to go for more schooling. I don’t mind going for more schooling, but I don’t think I like PT that much to continue education in that field. So I don’t know if getting a Bachelors in Exercise Science and have a concentration in Sports Medicine would be beneficial? Then I could go for more schooling after to specialize in an area thats more specific.
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Eric, I am currently a freshman in college and recently decided to have a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, but after reading your article, I am unsure of my pathway. As of right now, I want to pursue a career as a Personal Trainer or a strength conditioning coach because I love the Exercise Science courses I am taking and love the field. The field of Physical Therapy doesn’t really interest me because nowadays you can’t just get a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy, you have to go for more schooling. I don’t mind going for more schooling, but I don’t think I like PT that much to continue education in that field. So I don’t know if getting a Bachelors in Exercise Science and have a concentration in Sports Medicine would be beneficial? Then I could go for more schooling after to specialize in an area thats more specific. What are your thoughts? Payton
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Through Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Sports Performance, offered through the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, you focus on learning techniques and theory for improving performance in sports and fitness-related activities with numerous hands-on laboratory courses. The sports performance emphasis focuses on preparing those interested in working with a wide variety of populations, including athletes and those in various other fields such as fire, military and law enforcement. This bachelors in exercise science program also incorporates health and wellness promotion for the general population and various special populations, including those with chronic and temporary health conditions. This bachelor’s degree in exercise science includes a sports performance capstone course that is a culmination of all learning experiences and focuses on career preparation with skills that include resume building, portfolio creation and networking.
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Overview The Online B.A. in Exercise Science program focuses on kinesiology concepts in human movement, exercise and management. The Exercise Science degree prepares students for positions in coaching, fitness and wellness centers, health and wellness education, personal training and rehabilitation sciences. The Online Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science degree also prepares students for post-baccalaureate study in areas such as aging, athletic training, biomechanics, chiropractics, exercise physiology, human growth, sports management, sport psychology and more. Request More Information

I think that for the most part the advice you give is sound Eric. I have a BS in Exercise Physiology and Secondary Physical Education and an MS in Exercise Physiology in and Education. I think, like many other degrees, you only get what you put into it. I was an athlete all my life and had been training since I was 12, so this was a natural progression for me. I would totally agree that usually without a Masters degree in this field you are not going to get very far,especially if your degree is solely in Exercise Science. I think Education is a degree that goes well with Exercise Science as well. There are a lot of opportunities out there now for strength and conditioning coaches in high schools, especially private schools. Having an Education degree can get your foot in the door. I am 50 and have lived abroad for 15 years. I have taught at International Schools and been a Strength Coach for most of that time. It is a great job. I currently work for a company that is the distributor for Hammer Strength (Life Fitness) equipment in SE Asia. Biomechanics and Ergonomics are also good areas to study. As you mention, learning is a lifelong pursuit. I still have my CSCS but have let my ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist Cert lapse. I would advise against getting too many certs especially once you have your Masters. I think that many of them overlap and they are in it to make money as well. I still do independent research and have been published in a few peer reviewed journals. This helps me to stay on top of current findings and trends. The last thing that i would say is that remember that fitness is an industry and it is cyclical. People constantly reinvent the wheel, old things suddenly become new and people who are good at marketing can sell things and make it sound like it is based on sound science (think CrossFit). Never stop learning.