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Bachelor of Science in Education, Exercise Science

Our kinesiology major 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.

Exercise science student Nick Orioli
"Ohio State has faculty at the top of their fields ... not only are they going to give you the best education, they're also going to help you with career paths."
- Nick Orioli


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 recommended, 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 PDF iconsettings - 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.

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Deadline to Apply: 
March 1
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Minimum 3.0 GPA; C- or higher in: English 1110, Math 1148, Biology 1113, Chemistry 1210 and 1220
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Exercise physiology, kinesiology, health promotion, chemistry, biology, anatomy, human nutrition
Degree requirements: University requirements (51-57 credit hours), major requirements (40 credit hours), major electives (5-12 credit hours), general electives (13-22 credit hours)
Academic opportunities: Internship (KNHES 5191), research

Major application due March 1. The college's advising office will email application 6-8 weeks prior to deadline.

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


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