Exercise Science

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, the possibilities are endless. The Exercise Science program will equip you to conduct and evaluate health and fitness assessments, design and implement exercise programs, and monitor health and fitness changes over time.

The Exercise Science major is perfect for students who are interested in the intersection of science and fitness. The program prepares you for a career working with individuals seeking to improve their health and wellness or for post-graduate study. If you appreciate exercise and maintaining the human body, are comfortable working with people from a variety of backgrounds, and learning about the impacts of personal health on society, a degree in Exercise Science can provide you with the skills necessary to find fulfilling employment.

FAST FACTS

Health and wellness jobs are expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 16 percent through 2026

Median annual salaries in 2015 for corporate wellness coordinators, community health workers, health services managers, and health coaches ranged from $36,300–$94,500. (source)

Courses are taught by a variety of health professionals including registered dietitians, coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, nurses, and athletic directors.

What You'll Study

In your first two years at Lees-McRae, you will develop a well-rounded educational foundation in liberal arts and science, strengthening your ability to think critically and communicate effectively.

During your junior and senior years, you will be immersed in exercise science-focused courses such as components of kinesiology, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and injury prevention essential to promoting best practices. 

You’ll receive outstanding academic advising, student-centered learning, and an experiential education.

Beyond the Classroom

In the Exercise Science program at Lees-McRae, learning goes beyond lecture. Educational activities include hands-on learning experiences through state of the art technologies like 3G wireless human simulators and laboratories uniquely outfitted for this program.

Students gain real world experience by completing one 200-hour internship during their junior or senior year, in a setting which may include local hospitals, community centers, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and health and wellness centers.

After Graduation

Exercise science and wellness job options include working with college and professional sports teams, Olympic and international sports teams, Special Olympics, Paralympics, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, geriatric facilities, gyms, fitness centers, and in corporate health and wellness programs.

Graduates can find careers in the following fields, among others: 

For those interested in pursuing further education, the curriculum fulfills the pre-requisites for many graduate programs including Master of Science in Athletic Training, Master of Science in Exercise Science, Master of Science in Public Health, and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Career information is provided through Vault and O'Net. Current Lees-McRae students can see the full results on Vault using their student email and password. 

Meet the Faculty

Sally Wimberley, MS, RD, LDN
Program Coordinator of Exercise Science, Assistant Professor

Dee Medford-Baker
Assistant Professor of Biology

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