Exercise Science

Our Exercise Science major is designed to help meet the dynamic need of health specialists, specifically in fitness assessment, exercise prescription and program leadership. There is a growing demand in these fields, and you'll be equipped with skills and competencies for careers in exercise physiology, personal training, strength and conditioning, cardiac rehabilitation, lifestyle management, corporate wellness, private health clubs, YMCAs, YWCAs, elderly fitness and exercise programming for special populations.

Exercise Science Lab

In our new state-of-the-art exercise science lab, you'll the have opportunities to conduct hands-on research with athletes and teams. Our students are designing and implementing tests for topics such as maximal oxygen uptake, metabolic analysis, resting energy expenditure, body composition, and peak power, speed, and agility.  Our equipment includes a metabolic cart, treadmills, and cycle ergometers. 

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Maddy Hines chose Heidelberg's exercise science program because of the hands-on research opportunities in exercise testing, which she saw as essential for preparing for graduate school. Her career aspiration is to obtain a doctorate degree in occupational therapy.
Maddy Hines '19

Heidelberg's curriculum can be individualized, especially with research projects. This helped me transition to the next level of education.

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Finding a career

There are many exciting careers you can pursue with a degree in exercise science including exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, wellness coordinator, personal trainer, and athletic coach. It's also a great foundation for pursuing pre-professional graduate work for occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training. 


You'll be exposed to a variety of coursework including:

  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Exercise for Special Populations
  • Group Fitness and Leadership
  • Nutrition
  • Measurement & Evaluation in Health and Physical Education

For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at admission [at] heidelberg.edu or 419-448-2330.

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