Department of Human Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Education, Exercise Science

A Bachelor of Science specializing in exercise science will give you the tools to understand the role of exercise on health and performance. In this program, you'll receive a first-rate education in exercise and sport, participate in research with some of today's leading kinesiologists and hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment.


Overview

The exercise science program at The Ohio State University shows you how and why health and performance are affected by exercise. You'll discover why some athletes are faster or stronger than others and why certain people adapt to exercises differently. Answers to these questions are just a fraction of the education and opportunities available to you in exercise science.

Our undergraduate program - at its core - strongly emphasizes exercise physiology and utilizes multiple elements of kinesiology to complement your exercise science education. These elements include health promotion and motor skills development as well as foundational science education in chemistry, biology and anatomy.

Choosing exercise science at Ohio State means selecting a program that gives you ample opportunities to get involved in research and evaluation along with hand-on experiences in areas that interest you most.

Research - While pursuing your degree, you will actively participate in cutting-edge research with world-renowned faculty. This includes the Exercise Science Laboratory, which uses state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate athletic performance, body composition and cardiorespiratory and comprehensive fitness.

Internships - A required, semester-long practicum offers the opportunity to put what you have learned to work in the real world. You'll have the chance to choose from a number of settings - healthcare, professional sports organizations, rehabilitation for children or older adults - and do so in Ohio, the United States or even internationally.

Our program prepares you for professional certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. These are leading professional organizations in the field. At the successful completion of your degree, you will be qualified to sit for these certifications.


Career Paths

With a bachelor's degree specializing in exercise science, graduates have many opportunities to achieve the career they want. Many others use our program to springboard themselves into exercise science graduate programs or professional healthcare schools. These include:

  • Personal trainer
  • Physical therapist*
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Occupational therapist*
  • Marketing specialist
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Physician assistant*
  • Registered dietitian*
  • Medical doctor*
  • Doctor of osteopathic medicine*
  • Strength and conditioning coach

*Career path requires additional education and training.


Program Requirements

Deadline to apply: March 1
Prerequisites: Minimum 3.0 GPA; 30.5 OSU semester hours; minimum 1.7 GPA in each of the following classes - English 1110, Math 1148, Health and Exercise Science 2360, Biology 1113, Chemistry 1210 and 1220
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 120
Coursework: Exercise physiology, kinesiology, health promotion, chemistry, biology, anatomy, human nutrition
Degree requirements: University courses (52-54 credit hours), major requirements (74 credit hours)
Other requirements: Internship

View bachelor's curriculum


Faculty

Steven Devor, PhD, FACSM, Associate Professor
Brian Focht, PhD, FACSM, Associate Professor
William Kraemer, PhD, FACSM, Professor
Rick Petosa, PhD, Professor
Carmen Swain, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Jeff Volek, PhD, RD, FACSM, Professor


Contact

Human Sciences
PAES Building, First Floor
305 W. 17th Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614.688.1444

Undergraduate Student Services
614.292.9261
ehe-ugss@osu.edu