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Physical Education and Sport—Exercise Science, BS

Take Your Interest in Exercise, Fitness, Health, or Rehabilitation to the Professional Level

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate exercise science program is designed to prepare students for their chosen profession in multiple settings. If you have an interest in exercise, fitness, health, or rehabilitation, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Sport–Exercise Science at IUP will give you an opportunity to work in some of the fastest growing job markets in the country.

You’ll take coursework in Anatomy and Exercise Physiology as well as more specialized classes, such as Exercise Prescription and Aging. You’ll have the opportunity for hands-on learning in coursework such as Aerobic Leadership and Strength Practicum as well as in an internship to conclude your academic program.

Many scholar-athletes at IUP combine their studies with their interest in sports. A Division II school, IUP is a respected competitor in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in eight varsity sports for men and 11 for women. IUP also offers a wide range of club and intramural sports.

The Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department at IUP offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field of exercise science. The undergraduate Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Science was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs in 2008. In addition, our exercise science program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare students for a variety of career opportunities within the health and fitness industry.
  • To ensure students have the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities for entry level positions in health, fitness, and sport
  • To prepare for advanced degrees and certifications in a variety of health and fitness organizations, including ACSM and the NSCA.

What You’ll Become

The BS in Physical Education and Sport–Exercise Science prepares you for a career in areas such as personal training, corporate and community fitness, wellness coaching, and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, students find employment as strength and conditioning specialists and exercise physiologists.

Many graduates with this degree also pursue postgraduate programs in physical and occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician’s assistant, and other allied health programs.

Why IUP?

  • Students get “hands-on” experience in addition to their course work. Students learn from faculty members who have extensive background in clinical exercise science, health and fitness club management, strength and conditioning, and exercise science research.
  • The Center for Health Promotion and Cardiac Disease Prevention features a fully equipped Human Performance Laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment such as a hydrostatic weighing tank, a BodPod, and a Parvo metabolic testing system for analysis of fitness and metabolism. The Human Performance Laboratory features various exercise testing equipment such as treadmills, exercise cycles, and access to the James G. Mill Fitness Center as a working environment in fitness and clinical exercise. In addition, students will have access to full lipid panel testing, exercise lactate testing, ECG analysis, and strength and flexibility testing equipment.
  • A variety of quality internship experiences will allow students to translate their classroom learning to real life workforce experience.
  • Our faculty members are passionate about exercise science and truly care for our students and their success, both in the academic setting and in their future career opportunities. All IUP, faculty members hold advanced degrees, a variety of professional certifications, and non-academic professional experience.
  • Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.