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Exercise science is the study of human physiology and movement as it relates to exercise. Exercise Science majors can work in lab-based settings, colleges and universities, clinical rehabilitation, and athletic programs. CMU Exercise Science students frequently continue on to graduate or professional degrees at universities widely recognized as top programs in exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and medical school. Exercise Science majors should have a strong desire to pursue a career assisting people of all ages and abilities in becoming healthier through exercise and lifestyle modifications.

Exercise Science majors at CMU will begin with studies in general chemistry, human anatomy & physiology, and statistics. Continued studies will include courses such as exercise physiology, anatomical kinesiology, biomechanics, physical activity and aging, sports nutrition and restricted electives. Students can expand their learning opportunities in the Monfort Family Human Performance Laboratory where advanced physiological and biomechanical performance and wellness testing and services are provided to students and the community. Exercise Science students are also encouraged to participate in the Exercise Physiology Research club which can help prepare students for advanced study or build campus and community connections.

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• Athletic Trainer
• Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
• Coach
• Chiropractic
• Exercise Physiologist
• Exercise Specialists in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs
• Physician
• Occupational Therapist
• Physical Therapist
• Physician Assistant
• Researcher in Exercise Science
• Strength Coaches for college, university and professional sports programs

Note: Some of the occupations listed above may require additional education, experience, or training beyond a Bachelor’s Degree. To research these occupations use the Career Research Resources links below.

• Perform tests to measure body fat, oxygen consumption, or utilize appropriate equipment
• Assist athletes and other groups in injury prevention and in rehabilitation or restoring health after an injury or illness
• Demonstrate proper exercise techniques and use of equipment
• Plan individualized exercise programs for a variety of abilities and ages to improve mobility, strength, flexibility, etc.
• Collect and evaluate data to determine progress or improvement
• Make recommendations about ways to improve athletic performance or increase physical activity levels for people of all ages and abilities
• Assisted living centers
• Chiropractic clinics
• Colleges and universities
• Corporate settings
• Government agencies such as Veterans Administration or Public Health
• Hospitals
• Medical Clinics
• Nursing homes
• Physical/Occupational therapy centers
• Sports teams
• High schools
• Rehabilitation facilities
• United States Olympic centers and teams

Skills Needed by Exercise Science majors:

• Proficiency in sciences
• Problem solving skills
• Effective verbal and written communication skills
• Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biology
• Active listening skills
• Desire to help and care for people
• Leadership skills
• Ability to demonstrate exercise
• Interpersonal skills
• Ability to teach/explain to others

Other Exercise Science resources