Illinois State’s nationally recognized Exercise Science major studies the science of movement. Our well-equipped labs give students practical experience in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and the psychology of physical activity. The major prepares students for certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine.
Point of Pride
More than 95 percent of students in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation pass their respective certification exams on the first attempt following graduation.
Why study Exercise Science?
Exercise Science covers a diverse range of topics related to human movement, such as:
- The way different movements and fitness programs affect the body and its ability to exercise
- How different forces can apply to sports performance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation
- Improving and maintaining people’s motivation for exercise
- The various impacts of psychological factors on youth sports, elite performance, burnout, team cohesion, and coaching and leadership behaviors
- Understanding the reasons why people move and how they get better movement skills
Students also have their pick in a variety of careers and professional options.
Allied Health Options
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physician’s Assistant
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Corporate, commercial, and clinical fitness and wellness
- Graduate School
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!