Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in therapeutic sport- and fitness-related settings, as well as a MSE and a PhD. It also provides a strong scientific core necessary for careers in cardiac rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. Additionally, the requirements of the program meet the prerequisites of the University of Kansas Medical Center physical therapy program.

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Analyze how the body’s cells and organ systems respond to acute and chronic physiological stress 
  • Prescribe exercise as a way to elicit positive functional adaptations 
  • Develop preventive strategies to combat disease epidemics 
  • Prevent and treat diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer 
  • Preserve functional capacity in aging adults to improve the quality of life and active lifespan 
  • Utilize exercise programming and sound nutrition to maximize strength and conditioning required for optimal human performance 

Popular Career Paths

Sports Medicine: Involves the prevention, identification, management and rehabilitation of injuries related to sport, exercise or recreational activity

Recreation and Fitness: Can include the development and implementation of sports and fitness programs, fitness and exercise instruction and/or consultation, performance enhancement, and strength and conditioning coaching

Rehabilitation/Therapy: Involves the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a physically impairing injury, disability or disease

Corporate Wellness: Involves the promotion, maintenance, and improvement of employee health and fitness through individual and group consultation, recreational activities and wellness programming 

Explore More Career Paths

  • Explorehealthcareers - career resources and information for careers in sports medicine, physical therapy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, athletic training, etc. 
  • Exercise Science Guide - information to explore careers in fitness, sports medicine, and healthcare 
  • Careers in Sports - information to explore careers in sports 

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Center
  • Competitive Youth Training Centers
  • Corporate Health Centers
  • Health and Fitness Clubs
  • Hospitals
  • Military Training Centers
  • Olympic Training Centers
  • Professional and Amateur Sports Teams
  • Professional Fitness/Sports Organizations
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Recreation Centers
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Retirement Centers/Nursing Homes
  • Sports Clinics
  • Sports Facilities
  • Sports Medicine Centers 

Job and Internship Resources

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.