Bachelor’s in Exercise Science at KU

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Program Overview

The bachelor's degree in exercise science at the University of Kansas provides students with a thorough understanding of the human body and prepares them to work in health-related professional fields. The program's coursework focuses on varying areas including: physiology of exercise, motor control, biomechanics, and rehabilitative exercise. Students are able to complete an approved hands-on internship experience, or choose to pursue a program track full of approved elective courses.

Career Outcomes in Exercise Science

The exercise science program prepares students for a wide range of career paths after graduation, including a variety of health sciences: nursing, chiropractic studies, medicine (physician assistant, medical doctor, etc.), athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy or dietetics. Graduates may work in agencies that dispense health- and fitness-related programs, such as commercial or private health and fitness centers, hospital exercise and cardiac rehabilitation programs, and corporate fitness centers, or apply for graduate study in exercise physiology. Students who aspire to pursue careers in exercise science with their bachelor's degree are likely to accept positions with titles similar to the following, though some may require additional education or licensure/certification:

  • Exercise/fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Injury prevention specialist
  • Sport medicine specialist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sport scientist

Career Statistics

$48K salary

Graduates can expect a median starting salary of $48,000 in Kansas, according to

Preparation for professional programs

Coursework prepares students to meet pre-requisite requirements for many professional school programs including the physical therapy program at KU Medical Center.

Elective options

Students have the flexibility to develop expertise in specific areas through a variety of elective course options.

Graduate study

Those who choose to pursue an advanced degree after graduation are considered for many highly-selective master's & doctoral programs across the U.S.

Thinking about exercise science?

Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, and what to expect during the professional program admission process one you have become a Jayhawk.

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My favorite thing about the exercise science program at KU is the unity and respect everyone has for each other. The professors genuinely want you to succeed and will do whatever they can to help you reach your full potential. Classmates become your friends and you get to work together and help each other and this has helped me have the best.

Gabby Dorsen
Anticipated Class of 2022

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The exercise science program at the University of Kansas is a designated Education Recognition Program through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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