Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in therapeutic sport- and fitness-related settings. It also provides a strong scientific core necessary for careers in cardiac rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. Additionally, the requirements of the program meet the prerequisites of the University of Kansas Medical Center physical therapy program.

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Sports Medicine: Involves the prevention, identification, management and rehabilitation of injuries related to sport, exercise or recreational activity.

Recreation and Fitness: Can include the development and implementation of sports and fitness programs, fitness and exercise instruction and/or consultation, performance enhancement, and strength and conditioning coaching.

Rehabilitation/Therapy:  Involves the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a physically impairing injury, disability or disease.

Corporate Wellness: Involves the promotion, maintenance, and improvement of employee health and fitness through individual and group consultation, recreational activities and wellness programming.

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Further Explore Careers in Sport Science: Exercise Science

  • Explore Health Careers.org - career resources and information for careers in sports medicine, physical therapy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, athletic training, etc.
  • Exercise Science Guide - information to explore careers in fitness, sports medicine, and healthcare
  • Careers in Sports - information to explore careers in sports

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Employer categories:

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Center
  • Competitive Youth Training Centers
  • Corporate Health Centers
  • Health and Fitness Clubs
  • Hospitals
  • Military Training Centers
  • Olympic Training Centers
  • Professional and Amateur Sports Teams
  • Professional Fitness/Sports Organizations
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Recreation Centers
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Retirement Centers/Nursing Homes
  • Sports Clinics
  • Sports Facilities
  • Sports Medicine Centers
  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Consider obtaining the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification.
  4. Become involved in health and fitness programming on campus through resources like the KU Student Health ServicesKU Recreation Services, or KU Athletics.
  5. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: KU Intramurals, KU Sports Clubs, Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Hawks for Health, Recreation Services Student Staff Ambassadors, Peer Health Educators, and Student Health Advisory Board.
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  7. Obtain relevant certifications, such as First Aid and CPR.
  8. Consider joining exercise science-related professional associations and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field of interest.
  9. Develop strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate patience and a positive attitude.
  10. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  11. Consider earning a graduate degree in physical therapy if you are interested in becoming a physical therapist.  To be competitive for physical therapy programs, maintain a high GPA throughout your undergraduate program, volunteer for a physical therapist or in a hospital or clinic setting, and obtain strong letters of recommendation from practicing physical therapist(s), faculty members or advisers and current or past supervisors.

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