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» What type of students are ideal for this program?
» Will the exercise science program prepare me for certification?
» What kind of employment opportunities are in this field?
» What if I decide to pursue graduate school after obtaining a B.S. in exercise science?
» What is unique about exercise science program at Becker?
Yes. You may take several certifications during your sophomore or junior year, such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified Physical Trainer (CPT), and weight management consultation after you complete the related course work. However, some certification exams do require that candidates hold a bachelor of science degree or be enrolled as a senior college student. Based on your interest, you may choose to take the Exercise Specialist certification exam from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or (and) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) during your senior year or after graduation.
For more information on certification, visit the following web sites:
» American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
» American Council on Exercise (ACE)
» National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
» National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE)
» National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
» International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA)
» National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)
» National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
» American Fitness Professional Association (AFPA)
» National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
» National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
According to a 2010 article in the publication “Inside Higher Education,” the exercise science major has surged in popularity over the last 20 years. This can be attributed to increasing global awareness of fitness benefits, and a rapidly aging population demanding special attention. Many students are pursuing careers in coaching or as a fitness professional. More than 70% of graduates from the health and fitness concentration plan to look for job in the field directly after graduation. There is a diversity of career and job opportunities.
The following are examples of potential job opportunities:
The following are examples of potential job locations:
For more information about positions visit the American College of Sports Medicine or the following web sites:
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACPR)
American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP)
Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Sciences (AAESS)
Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine (CASM)
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)
Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
Ethics and Safety Compliance Standards
Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI)
IDEA Health and Fitness Association
International Association of Fitness Certifying Agencies
International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS)
International Health, Racquet, & Sportsclub Association
North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM)
Sports Medicine Australia
Sports Medicine New Zealand
Electives are available to prepare students for graduate study in the field of their interest, including community health, health promotion and wellness, athletic training, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and chiropractics. Professors in the exercise science program have unique work experiences including coaching athletes, physical therapy and research. These diversified backgrounds help students who need specific guidance to pursue a career path they are interested in. Our flexible curriculum also makes it possible for students to complete a minor with no or limited additional courses.