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Exercise Science B.S.  

Major  
120 credit hours
97% career outcome rate1
 

Few academic programs offer such diverse opportunities for employment and professional development as exercise science. Earning your bachelor’s degree in exercise science teaches you how to create and execute exercise programs for a variety of individuals. You will learn to promote wellness of individuals of different fitness levels by utilizing fitness testing, rehabilitation and injury prevention techniques and general exercise programs.

Depending on your interest, there are many different career options available for you to choose from with a degree in exercise science. Many exercise science majors choose to pursue professional or graduate school in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing or athletic training. Others become personal trainers, wellness coordinators, clinical exercise physiologists or strength and conditioning coaches.

The exercise science program at Concordia University, Nebraska offers you the opportunity to advance your knowledge, skills and abilities while staying current with innovative research by utilizing state-of-the-art human performance laboratory equipment. Here, you will learn how to apply the gifts God has given you to enhance the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing of others. Concordia Nebraska can help you prepare for a career in exercise and health settings, as well as graduate programs in these fields. Because you’ll receive a broad-based, liberal arts education, in the exercise science program you’ll not only study human movement and skills specific to exercise science, you will also enhance your critical thinking, research and communication

If you’re interested in physical fitness, exercise and helping people live a healthier, more active lifestyle, then a degree in exercise science from Concordia University, Nebraska might be the right choice for you.

15:1
Student-to-faculty ratio

100%
Faculty with terminal degree

In my internship through the Health and Human Performance Department, I learned a lot about the physical therapy career, but also just working with patients I got a lot more open in talking to and learning to help people.
Adam Meirose
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Core Concepts

The exercise science program at Concordia University, Nebraska mentors and leads students in the advancement of knowledge, abilities, and attitudes through the pursuit of a Christ-centered education in health and wellness. All students are given the opportunity for optimum spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the gifts God has given them.

Concordia NebraskaExercise Science: Learning Objectives

Students in the exercise science program at Concordia University, Nebraska will learn to correctly apply fundamental movement principles and demonstrate an applied understanding of the form and function of the human body.

Students will be able to critically evaluate human movement research in order to design and implement activities in a variety of exercise science arenas.​​​​​

Students will use qualitative and quantitative reasoning and evidence, synthesize information from a variety of origins to methodically and systematically solve problems in human movement.

Students will learn to communicate exercise science principles effectively, orally and in writing, with lay and professional audiences.

Dr. Nolan Harms - Health and Human Performance

Concordia University - Health and Human Performance Department

Concordia NebraskaExercise Science: Program Goals

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Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to understand, analyze and problem-solve issues related to exercise science.

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Students will understand how the organic, skeletal and neuromuscular structures of the human body interact, adapt and contribute to motor performance, fitness and wellness.

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Students will be able to develop and institute physical fitness and wellness assessment and maintenance programs.

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Students will be prepared to play a leadership role in the promotion of life-long physical activity and fitness for all individuals.

Concordia Nebraska Exercise Science: Career Outcomes

Physical Therapist

Physical therapy is a challenging and rewarding career field. As a physical therapist, you would diagnose and treat patients who have health conditions that limit their ability to move and perform everyday activities. Using your knowledge of exercise science, you would not only help restore patients physical function and mobility, you would also help promote overall wellness and boost their quality of life.

22% Annual Growth Rate2
$60,390 Entry-Level Salary2
$87,930 Mid-Level Salary2
$123,550 Late-Level Salary2

Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers provide preventative services, emergency care, therapy and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions for athletes. As an athletic trainer, you would work with medical professionals, coaches and athletes to ensure that players maintain proper diets, evaluate the physical condition of athletes and establish dietary and fitness plans.

19% Annual Growth Rate2
$31,010 Entry-Level Salary2
$47,510 Mid-Level Salary2
$70,750 Late-Level Salary2

Nutritionist

Nutritionists help clients alter their diet in a variety of ways in order to promote a healthier lifestyle and eating habits. As a nutritionist, you may help people work on weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestion issues or food allergies by designing eating programs focused on nutritional balance.

11% Annual Growth Rate2
$38,460 Entry-Level Salary2
$60,370 Mid-Level Salary2
$84,610 Late-Level Salary2

Exercise Physiologist

Exercise physiologists analyze patients’ fitness levels in order to help them improve their health. You may work with patients who have heart disease or other chronic conditions like diabetes or pulmonary disease to regain their health. You might also work with athletes who are hoping to boost their performance.

13.1% Annual Growth Rate2
$34,250 Entry-Level Salary2
$49,090 Mid-Level Salary2
$78,410 Late-Level Salary2

Occupational Therapist

An occupational therapist is a healthcare professional who helps individuals accomplish day-to-day tasks. As an occupational therapist, your primary goal would be to help your patients enhance their quality of life by helping them learn to perform daily tasks more efficiently and with greater comfort.

18% Annual Growth Rate2
$55,490 Entry-Level Salary2
$84,270 Mid-Level Salary2
$120,750 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaExercise Science: Related Programs

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.