Exercise Science, Physical Education and Sport, BS

  • Take Your Interest in Exercise, Fitness, or Rehabilitation to a 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.

    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 Allied Health Education Program in 2008. It is considered a “Founding Accredited Exercise Science Program” as the ninth program nationwide to receive this designation. In addition, our Exercise Science program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Please view the most recent Exercise Science program outcomes (PDF).

    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.

    Exercise Science Curriculum

    For descriptions of individual courses, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

    Liberal Studies

    As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications: Total credits: 47

    English Composition: 6 cr, ENGL 101, ENGL 202

    Mathematics: 6 cr, MATH 101, MATH 217

    Humanities: 9 cr, HIST 196, 197, or 198; ENGL 121, 210, or FNLG 121; PHIL 101, 120, 221, 222, 223, RLST 100, 110, 250 or 290

    Fine Arts (choose one): 3 cr, ARHI 101, MUHI 101, THTR 101, THTR 102

    Natural Science: 8 cr, BIOL 104-106, CHEM 101-102

    Social Science: 9 cr, PSYC 101, SOC 151, Global and Multicultural Awareness

    Health and Wellness: 3 cr, KHSS 143, FDNT 143, or NURS 143

    Liberal Studies Elective: 3 cr, FDNT 145


    Core Requirements: 23 credits
    Course No. Course Name Credits
    KHSS 135 Careers in Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science 3cr
    KHSS 146 Foundations of Exercise Science 1cr
    KHSS 175 Prevention and Care of Injuries to the Physically Active 2cr
    KHSS 209 Motor Behavior 3cr
    KHSS 221 Human Structure and Function 3cr
    KHSS 341 Evaluation in Health and Physical Education 3cr
    KHSS 343 Physiology of Exercise 3cr
    KHSS 344 Adapted Physical Activity & Sport 3cr
    KHSS 441 Psychosocial Implications for Health and Physical Education 3cr
    Exercise Science Requirements: 50 credits
    Course No. Course name Credits
    BIOL 151 Human Physiology 4cr
    KHSS 284 Aquatics Fitness 1cr
    KHSS 285 Group/Individual Exercise Leadership 3cr
    KHSS 286 Strength/Personal Training Practicum 2cr
    KHSS 315 Biomechanics 3cr
    KHSS 347 Physiology of Exercise Lab 1cr
    KHSS 375 Physiological Basis of Strength Training 3cr
    KHSS 410 Exercise Prescription 3cr
    KHSS 411 Physical Fitness Appraisal 3cr
    KHSS 413 Physical Activity and Aging 3cr
    KHSS 414 Exercise Electrocardiography 3cr
    KHSS 415 Lifestyle Behavior Modification 3cr
    KHSS 416 Functional Training in Strength and Conditioning 3cr
    KHSS 492 Health Fitness Instruction 3cr
    KHSS 493 Exercise Science Internship 9cr
    PHYS 151 Medical Physics Lecture 3cr

    Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credits