The Exercise Science major is broad-based and nationally recognized. Students gain practical experience in well-equipped exercise physiology, biomechanics and psychology of physical activity labs. The major prepares students for certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine.
The Exercise Science major offers a pre-professional track option for students interested in pursuing a post-graduate career in various allied health professions.
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 is the science of movement. A student in Exercise Science studies a broad range of topics related to human movement, including:
- how different exercises and fitness programs might affect the human body and its capacity to exercise
- how understanding forces produced by and acting on the body during movement can be applied to sports performance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation
- how to improve and sustain individuals' motivation for exercise
- the impact of various psychological factors on youth sports, elite performance, burnout, team cohesion, and coaching and leadership behaviors
- understanding the reasons why we move the way we do and how unconscious and conscious processes combine to guide movement skill acquisition
These topics combine to prepare Exercise Science students for an equally broad range of careers, including allied health professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, nursing, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation; a variety of professions within corporate, commercial and clinical fitness and wellness contexts; and a host of other post-graduate opportunities.
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!