Dr. Mark Sloniger works with students on measuring aerobic fitness levels through oxygen consumption in the Exercise Physiology lab.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate exercise science program is designed to prepare students for their chosen profession in multiple settings. If you have an interest in exercise, fitness, health, or rehabilitation, earning a Bachelor of
Science degree in Physical Education and Sport, Exercise Science at IUP will give you an opportunity to work in some of the fastest growing job markets in the country.
You’ll take coursework in Anatomy and Exercise Physiology as well as more specialized classes, such as Exercise Prescription and Aging. You’ll have the opportunity for hands-on learning in coursework such as Aerobic Leadership and Strength Practicum as
well as in an internship to conclude your academic program.
The Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department at IUP offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field of exercise science. The undergraduate Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Science was accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program in 2008. It is considered a “Founding Accredited Exercise Science Program” as the ninth program nationwide to receive this designation. In addition, our Exercise Science program is recognized by the
National Strength and Conditioning Association. Please view the most recent Exercise Science program outcomes (PDF).
To prepare students for a variety of career opportunities within the health and fitness industry.
To ensure students have the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities for entry level positions in health, fitness, and sport
To prepare for advanced degrees and certifications in a variety of health and fitness organizations, including ACSM and the NSCA.
Student satisfaction rated at 4.2/5 for class of 2019
Retention rate for freshman to sophomore class was 87.5 percent
National Certification pass rate for ACSM CEP exam was 75.8 percent
The BS in Physical Education and Sport–Exercise Science prepares you for a career in areas such as personal training, corporate and community fitness, wellness coaching, and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, students find employment as strength and
conditioning specialists and exercise physiologists.
Many graduates with this degree also pursue postgraduate programs in physical and occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician’s assistant, and other allied health programs.
As an undergraduate or graduate student, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including an environmental chamber, strength lab, and underwater weighing tank. You can always use the James G. Mill fitness center as a working environment,
giving you hands-on experience to work with your classmates, professors, and staff as well as members of the community.
Earn practical experience as part of our internship network. Our students can take advantage of more than 300 affiliated internship sites across 11 states, including the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, George Washington University, and the Human Motion
Institute. Here, you can translate your classroom learning into real-life workforce experience and maximize your chances for employment.
Fast-track your education through our master’s degree in Exercise Science. You can continue your education through our 4+1 accelerated program, in which you begin to take master’s-level classes during your junior year in college so that you can earn
your MS degree in two semesters at a significantly lower cost. Graduate assistantships are also available to ease the financial burden.
Study in a CAAHEP-accredited exercise science program where your classes match course content to national certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. You are then able
to graduate with a nationally recognized certifications that employers look for. Our program outcomes below, including examination pass rates, showcase this success.
For descriptions of individual courses, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications: Total credits: 47
English Composition: 6 cr, ENGL 101, ENGL 202
Mathematics: 6 cr, MATH 101, MATH 217
Humanities: 9 cr, HIST 196, 197, or 198; ENGL 121, 210, or FNLG 121; PHIL 101, 120, 221, 222, 223, RLST 100, 110, 250 or 290
Fine Arts (choose one): 3 cr, ARHI 101, MUHI 101, THTR 101, THTR 102
Natural Science: 8 cr, BIOL 104-106, CHEM 101-102
Social Science: 9 cr, PSYC 101, SOC 151, Global and Multicultural Awareness
Health and Wellness: 3 cr, KHSS 143, FDNT 143, or NURS 143
Liberal Studies Elective: 3 cr, FDNT 145
Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credits
Department course catalog
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