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Overview | Exercise Science: Fitness

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Fitness provides the undergraduate student with the foundation to enter an entry-level position in a variety of the fitness careers such as employee wellness programs, fitness facilities, community exercise programs, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. With courses in applied science, exercise science and business, students are well prepared to succeed at a variety of careers in the fitness industry. 

This program prepares you to take the exam for Certified Personal Trainer or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate mastery of exercise science principles.
  • Students will be able to describe the power and wisdom of the Creator in the design and function of the human body.
  • Students will demonstrate the skills necessary for physical care in exercise science situations.
  • Students will use biblical principles to make ethical decisions in exercise science

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

General Chemistry 1 (4)
Concepts in Physics  (3)
Human Biology (3)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

Nutrition (2)
Foundations of Sports & Ex Psychology (2)
New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
General Psychology (3)
Open Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Introduction to Business Management (3)
Pre-Calculus (3)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
Physiology of Exercise (3)
American Studies Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Introduction to Exercise Science & Althletic Training (2)
Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Probability and Statistics (3)
Principles of Management (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1

Training Room Techniques (3)
Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
First Aid and Safety (2)
Campus ES Practicum (1)
Bible Doctrines 1 (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

Adaptive Physical Education (3)
Evaluations in Physical Education (2)
Bioethics in Science (3)
Community ES Practicum (1)
Program Elective (3)
Bible Doctrines 2 (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1

Biomechanics (3)
Modern Creationary Thought* (3)
Program Elective (5)
Literature Elective (3)
Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 16

*Biblical Studies Core Electives reduced to 3 credits with additional requirement of Modern Creationary Thought.

Semester 2

Kinesiology (3)
Medical Terminology (2)
Exercise Science/Athletic Training Internship (3)
Advanced Strength and Conditioning (3) (prep for CSCS certification)
Bible Elective (3)
The Modern World (3)

Total Credits: 17

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Fitness Specialist

Corporate Employee Fitness Director 

Exercise Physiologist

Fitness Center Director

Personal Trainer

Strength Coach 

Worksite Health Promotion

Some career and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Gary Garrison

School of Education | Associate Professor

MSE Health/Human Performance and Recreation, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
MS Physical Education, University of West Florida
BS Physical Education, Olivet Nazarene University

Jeffrey Pill

School of Education | Assistant

MSS (Sport Science), United States Sports Academy
BS Elementary and Middle School Education, Gordon College

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