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Physical Education and Sport, Exercise Science (B.S.)

B.S., Physical Education and Sport, Exercise Science

College of Health and Human Services

What You'll Do

If you have an interest in exercise, fitness, health, and 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 county.

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 eleven for women. IUP also offers a wide range of club and intramural sports.

What You'll Become

The B.S. 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 may also pursue postgraduate programs in physical and occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician's assistant, and other allied health programs.

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Special Features

  • Students can choose to live in the Suites on Maple East at IUP, which has a wellness theme and is geared toward students enrolled in Nursing and Allied Health, Food and Nutrition, and Health and Physical Education. One section of the suites building comprises a residential environment supportive of a substance-free lifestyle.
  • IUP offers a Master of Science in Sport Science degree and a Master of Education in Health and Physical Education degree.
  • The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.