Undergraduate Program (BS)

Exercise Science

Serve others by improving and maintaining their health and fitness. Learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition—in our personalized program. In addition to the undergraduate program, utilize the 3+2 option to complete your undergraduate degree in exercise science and a master's degree in Athletic Training in five years.

Sample Four-Year Exercise Science Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Exercise Science 100: Intro to Exercise Science 3
Biology 140: Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
Biology 141: Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
English 101/115: English Composition or Rhetoric 3
Second Language I 3
Core 100: First-Year Seminar 3
Core 102: GOA: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program I 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Exercise Science 200: Kinesiology 3
Biology 142: Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
Biology 143: Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
Historical Perspectives Elective 3
Theology 111: Theological Foundations 3
Second Language II 3
Core 101: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Exercise Science 300: Exercise Physiology 3
Chemistry 150: Physiological Chemistry 3
Chemistry 151: Physiological Chemistry Lab 1
Mathematics 116 or 156: Statistics 3
Psychology 101: General Psychology 3
Theological Perspectives Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Exercise Science 320: Fitness Training Principles 3
Exercise Science 325: Resistance Training 1
Exercise Science 360: Nutrition for Sport & Exercise 3
Philosophy 100: Intro to Ethics 3
Eng/Clas/Span 205: Lit & Moral Imagination 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Exercise Science 380: Fitness Assessment & Design 3
Exercise Science 381: Fitness Assessment & Design Lab 1
Physics 140: Technical Physics 2
Physics 142: Technical Physics Lab 1
Humanities Elective 3
Ethics/Religion & Society Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Exercise Elective 3
Exercise Elective 3
Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives 3
Creative Perspectives 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Exercise Science Elective 3
General Electives 9-15
Second Semester Semester Hours
Exercise Science 460: Exercise Science Practicum 6
General Electives 6-12

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

MBA

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This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Exercise Science major at Xavier:

Kinesiology (EXSC 200) - The study of human movement including analysis of muscular physiology, biomechanics, and principles of physics as applied to joint movement through muscular contractions.

Exercise Physiology (EXSC 300) - Human physiology as it relates to acute and chronic bouts of exercise and physical activities.

Resistance Training (EXSC 325) - Instruction in proper techniques used to develop muscular strength, power, endurance, and flexibility.

Nutrition for Sport & Exercise (EXSC 360) - Nutrition and its role in human performance and wellness. Nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids will also be addressed.

Fitness Assessment & Design (EXSC 380) - Knowledge necessary to effectively assess, develop, and implement an appropriate exercise prescription for adults.

ALL Xavier Exercise Science students have the opportunity to work in the field, learning outside the classroom.

ALL

Xavier Exercise Science students have the opportunity to work in the field, learning outside the classroom.

MS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING*

For undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in Athletic Training, we offer a fast-track program to help students earn their bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a Master's degree in Athletic Training—in just five years. Athletic trainers collaborate with doctors, physical therapists, registered dietitians and others to provide care for the entire person—not just the injury. Athletic trainers provide care for athletes in secondary schools, universities and in professional settings. They can be employed in hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy clinics, as well as in corporate, industrial and military settings. Athletic trainers also work in the world of NASCAR, rodeo, NASA and Cirque du Soleil.

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Five-Year Course Sequence (BS + MS)

 

*The Athletic Training Program at Xavier University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). For more information please contact Tina Davlin-Pater.

STAND OUT THAT'S THE XAVIER DIFFERENCE

REAL WORLD LEARNING

Your Exercise Science coursework will conclude with a 6-credit hour (EXSC 460) practicum, where you'll complete 400 hours of exercise science-related learning experiences on or off campus with an exercise science professional.

STUDY ABROAD

Take advantage of one (or more!) of our international, for-credit programs in countries like Australia, France, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Japan, The Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, England, Germany and Costa Rica.

PREPARATION FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL

Be ready to enter graduate studies in athletic training, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, medical school, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Xavier by the numbers

13%

PROJECTED INDUSTRY GROWTH FOR FITNESS TRAINERS

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

18

DIVISION I SPORTS TEAMS AT XAVIER

ALL

STUDENTS WORK WITH EXERCISE SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS.

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AFTER GRADUATION

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Trainer (3+2 XU Master's degree)*
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehab Specialists*
  • Community Health / Fitness Director
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist*
  • Fitness Center Director / Manager
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Health Educator
  • Occupational Therapist*
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Physical Therapist*
  • Physician's Assistant*
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Nutritionist*
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Wellness Coordinator
* Additional graduate study needed

Certification Eligibility

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certification

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