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Exercise Science, B.S.

Learn how to assess, analyze and enhance human performance.

Develop the hands-on and technological skillset necessary to succeed in the rapidly growing world of fitness, health and wellness, sport and human movement.

Exercise Science

The field of exercise and movement science is rapidly expanding, both from professional athletes looking for enhanced performance to individuals looking for an enhanced quality of life.

As new technologies begin to mainstream the “quantified self” movement, a multitude of career opportunities are opening up for individuals with degrees in exercise science and a sophisticated understanding of human movement performance.

Physiological Understanding + Performance Technology Application

Lewis’ innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum combines anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, nutrition, technology, data analytics, and more, through which you will:

  • Develop deep anatomical and physiological understandings of the body’s response to exercise and movement
  • Learn to measure human performance through use of video and computer-based assessment paradigms
  • Understand the complex nature of nutrition and its variable effects on human performance
  • Examine the ways biomechanical movements are acquired, performed and controlled through neural and behavioral mechanisms
  • Learn to gather data and utilize analytics to discover insights on training and sports performance
  • Develop best practice methodologies for athlete assessment, functional analysis and performance improvement
  • Conceptualize innovations and trial new strategies and technologies within the fitness, sport, and movement-related fields.

Why Lewis for your Exercise Science Degree?

  • Get hands-on experience of athletic assessment at one of the top NCAA Division II athletic programs in the nation
  • Get hands-on training with cutting-edge sport performance measurement tools
  • Internship, work placement and clinical experience opportunities through leading local fitness and healthcare employers, starting as early as your first semester on campus
  • Earn certifications throughout the program from accredited organizations like the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength Training and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM).
  • Small class sizes provide the perfect learning environment for hands-on real-life application
  • The program features an evolving curriculum design that incorporates special and current topics to keep up with industry trends and technology

Life after Lewis

Graduates with a degree in Exercise Science can go straight to work in clinics, hospitals, sport performance facilities, and worksite health and fitness facilities through positions including:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Director
  • Sport Performance Specialist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Strength Training and Conditioning Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Health Navigator
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Health Fitness Professional
  • Corporate Wellness Professional
  • Activity Coordinator
  • Sport Biomechanist
  • Athletic Coach

Exercise Science can also be used to prepare for graduate studies in the following disciplines: Occupation Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology or Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, and Ergonomics.


For more information contact the Office of Admission at admission@lewisu.edu or call (815)836-5250.