The undergraduate exercise science program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the exercise and fitness field, or for post-graduate study in exercise science or other health-related disciplines. The program is also designed to prepare students for appropriate professional organization certifications.

A little background on the exercise science program at Ball State University.

Since 1984, the undergraduate exercise science major has been providing educational experiences to students interested in seeking entry level positions in a variety of health and fitness occupations. In addition, the program can prepare students for further study in areas such as medicine, physical therapy, physician assistance and graduate programs in the exercise sciences. The curriculum includes core courses in exercise science and physical education as well as classes in supporting academic areas such as chemistry, biology, health science, and physiology. Practical experience is gained through 90 hours of practicum work and a 500-hour internship (12 credits) during the student's senior semester of study. Opportunities for practica and internships are available on and off campus. Some of the on-campus opportunities include working in the Human Performance Laboratory, the Adult Physical Fitness Program and the Fisher Institute of Health and Well-Being.

Exercise Science Program Points of Distinction

  1. Nationally and internationally renowned faculty, many of whom are active and serve in leadership roles in foremost professional exercise science organizations.
  2. 90-hour practicum observation requirement allow for in-depth career exploration.
  3. 6-7 classes (15-18 credit hours) utilize lecture/lab format to facilitate hands-on learning.
  4. Laboratory space and available equipment are extensive.EXSC students are given the opportunity to gain experience with sophisticated technology in the undergraduate EXSC lab, the Biomechanics lab and Human Performance laboratory.
  5. The EXSC program has existing relationships with numerous health and fitness organizations, hospitals and other health care facilities, collegiate and professional athletic teams and sport performance businesses.
  6. Professional networking opportunities are encouraged through practica, internships, and activities of the student-run EXSC Club.
  7. 12-credit hour internship allows students to focus exclusively on their internship while enrolled as a full-time student away from campus.

For more information see our exercise science brochure or contact Mary Winfrey-Kovell.