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Exercise Science Program Overview

Exercise is vital to human health and well-being, and the documented health benefits of physical activity have made exercise programs, personal training and other health and wellness initiatives fundamental aspects of preventive medicine.

If you are interested in helping people become happier and healthier through exercise and rehabilitation, Ashland University’s Exercise Science Program could be your perfect fit.

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Delivery Format

In Person


Credit Hours



Time to Complete

4 years



Learning Experiences

Pre-Allied Health Tracks:

  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Accelerated Nursing

Preparation for certifications in:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
  • American College of Sports Medicine's Personal Trainer.
  • Group Exercise Instructor.

Opportunities to:

  • Study with accomplished and well-respected professors with backgrounds in:
    • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
    • Strength and conditioning
    • Fitness Assessment
  • Study all aspects of exercise to prepare you for a job after graduation or additional academic work.
  • Use interdisciplinary skills—from fitness to physiology and clinical research—to achieve successful outcomes in a variety of scenarios.
  • Work side-by-side with passionate faculty and other experts in Ashland University’s human performance lab.
  • Participate in faculty- and student-directed research and present results at conferences
  • Gain real-world experience by applying classroom learning to real people seeking help.
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Sample Curriculum

Exercise science is a comprehensive major; it provides opportunities to develop the essential proficiencies for a career in exercise sciences or for admission to graduate school programs in physical therapy, medicine and others.

The Exercise Science program coursework reflects the standards established by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

For additional information about the Exercise Science curriculum, view the Four-Year Curriculum Guide and Academic Catalog.


The Exercise Science program at Ashland University will help you build a healthy foundation of the sciences, including exercise physiology, kinesiology, anatomy and more to benefit the health of others, no matter your career objective.

When you complete this four-year program, you will:

  • Understand the physiology of the human body at rest and during times of physical stress, with the goal of improving human performance.
  • Be able to assess the fitness level of apparently healthy individuals and those with known pathology.
  • Be able to prescribe and develop appropriate exercise and lifestyle modification programs to assist clients in achieving their fitness and/or rehabilitation goals.
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Can You Give Me a Glimpse of My Future?

With a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, your future is filled with opportunities to positively impact individuals' health and well-being.

Contact Information

Randall F. Gearhart, Ph.D.
Chair, Health Sciences Department
Exercise Science Program Coordinator
Applied Exercise Science Program Coordinator
Professor of Health Sciences
245 Rybolt Sport Sciences Center