Exercise Science

Program Features

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science is a scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and biophysics of human movement and the application to exercise, physical activity and therapeutic rehabilitation. Students create and execute science-based exercise programs while learning to promote wellness for individuals of different ages, sexes, fitness levels and abilities. Students are prepared to work in health promotion, fitness facilities, colleges and universities, clinical rehabilitation, and in sport and athletic conditioning programs and may be eligible for a variety of certifications.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Exercise Science major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • EXSC 100: Intro to Exercise Science............ 3cr.
  • BIOL 140: Anatomy & Physiology I............ 3cr.
  • BIOL 141: Anatomy & Physiology Lab I............ 1cr.
  • ENGL 101: Comp or ENGL 115: Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language I............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100: First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101............ 0cr.

Spring

  • EXSC 200: Kinesiology............ 3cr.
  • BIOL 142: Anatomy & Physiology II............ 3cr.
  • BIOL 143: Anatomy & Physiology Lab II............ 1cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • THEO 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language II............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102............ 0cr.

Fall

  • EXSC 300: Exercise Physiology............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 150: Physiological Chemistry............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 151: Physiological Chemistry Lab............ 1cr.
  • MATH 116 or 156: Statistics............ 3cr.
  • PSYC 101: General Psychology ............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • EXSC 320: Fitness Training Principles............ 3cr.
  • EXSC 325: Resistance Training............ 1cr.
  • EXSC 360: Nutrition for Sport & Exercise............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • ENGL/CLAS/SPAN 205: Lit & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Core /General Electives............ 3cr.

Fall

  • EXSC 380: Fitness Assessment & Design............ 3cr.
  • EXSC 381: Fitness Assess & Design Lab............ 1cr.
  • PHYS 140: Technical Physics............ 2cr.
  • PHYS 142: Technical Physics Lab............ 1cr.
  • Ethics/Religion & Society Elective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Core/General Electives............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Exercise Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Exercise Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 200: Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Core/General Electives............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Exercise Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Core & General Electives............ 9cr.

Spring

  • EXSC 460: Exercise Science Practicum............ 6cr.
  • Core & General Electives............ 6cr.

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. 

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.

Exercise Science Practicum (EXSC 460) – A planned, supervised, and approved exercise science related learning experience. Students must complete a total of 400 clock hours (6 credit hours), which may be divided into 1-6 credit hour blocks. Student must become certified in both CPR and First Aid prior to internship approval.

Clubs

Exercise Science Club

As an academic group, the Exercise Science Club aims to educate students of all majors about information and future career options in the field of exercise science. We strive to include all people, regardless of major or background, who are interested in learning more about exercise and how it relates to the professional world. Our goal is to empower, support, and develop students and their passion for exercise science, through engagement and integration, to find opportunity and success.

Follow EXSC Exercise Science on Instagram @exscxu to see what the club is doing.

160+ Clubs and Organizations

Xavier students have formed more than 160 clubs and organizations, dabbling in everything from computer science to community service, languages and art. Club sports and intramurals are popular, too, covering everything from bass fishing to rugby.

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Outcomes

99% of students from Xavier's health-related majors, including Exercise Science, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Community Health and Fitness Director, Corporate Fitness Director, Fitness Center Director and Manager, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Educator, Personal Trainer, Pharmaceutical Sales, Rehabilitation Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Wellness Coordinator

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Fast Track 3+2 Graduate Program

Students also interested in a graduate degree in Athletic Training can utilize Xavier’s 3+2 option and earn both their bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a master's in Athletic Training in just five years. In the first three years at Xavier, students complete the core curriculum and requirements for the major, and in the last two years, they complete required courses for the master’s degree.


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Practicum Experience

All Exercise Science students have the opportunity to work in the field, learning outside the classroom. Coursework includes a 6-credit hour practicum, where students complete 400 hours of Exercise Science-related learning experiences on or off campus with an exercise science professional.


Study Abroad

Xavier offers a variety of international, for-credit study abroad programs in many countries including Australia, France, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Japan, The Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, England, Germany and Costa Rica.


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Lisa Jutte loves teaching about treating athletic injuries and Australia. So it's no stretch to understand her interest in taking Xavier students "down under" to learn about different approaches to healing and staying fit.

Exercise Science Major at Xavier University

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science is a scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and biophysics of human movement and the application to exercise, physical activity and therapeutic rehabilitation. The Exercise Science program is one of many programs within the Sports Studies Department. Students create and execute science-based exercise programs while learning to promote wellness for individuals of different ages, sexes, fitness levels and abilities. Students are prepared to work in a variety of health-related specialties including health promotion, fitness facilities, clinical rehabilitation, and sport and athletic conditioning programs.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."