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Overview | Exercise Science – Pre Athletic Training 

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre-Athletic Training provides the undergraduate student an excellent foundation for entering a graduate program in the fields of athletic training or exercise science. The degree blends core exercise science courses like biomechanics, physiology of exercise and training room techniques with applied science courses like chemistry and physics for the perfect combination to get you into an accredited grad school.

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 Biology 1 (4)
General Chemistry 1 (4)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)
First Aid & Safety (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

General Chemistry 2 (4)
Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2)
New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
General Psychology (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1

Physiology of Exercise (3)
Pre-Calculus (3)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
American Studies Elective (3)
Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Introduction to Exercise Science & Athletic Training (2)
Kinesiology (3)
Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)
Nutrition (2)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Program Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 1

General Physics 1 (4)
Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
Training Room Techniques (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Campus Exercise Science Practicum (1)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Adaptive Physical Education (3)
Evaluations in Physical Education (2)
Bioethics in Science (3)
Bible Doctrines 1 or 2 (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
Strength, Conditioning, and Flexibility (2)
Community Exercise Science Practicum (1)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Biomechanics (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)
Probability and Statistics (3)
Modern Creationary Thought (3)
Music Elective (2)
Program Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17


Semester 2

Medical Terminology (2)
Technical Writing (3)
Exercise Science / Athletic Training Internship (3)
Program Elective (3)
The Modern World (3)
Bible Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics project an increase in athletic training jobs of 19% from 2002 – 2022, which is faster than average. This exceeds the overall increase in health are practitioner positions (15%), indicating that athletic training continues as a strong area of growth in the health care professions.


Athletic Training


Exercise Science

Exercise Physiology

Recreational Therapy/Recreational Therapist

Public Health

  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

Zach Sweatman

School of Education | Instructor

BA in Athletic Training from Trinity International University
MA in Bioethics from Trinity International University
CSCS certification

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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