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Exercise Science Comprehensive

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts

What are our physical limitations? What can’t the human body do? The science behind sport is an exciting degree that can lead you to a career involving medicine, research and physical achievement. Throughout the program, you will learn skills such as exercise testing, exercise prescription, clinical evaluation, biomechanical analysis, research and how to develop strength and conditioning programs. 

The Exercise Science Comprehensive (BA/BS) from the University of West Alabama offers numerous advantages for students interested in exploring the physical limitations and potential of the human body. Delve into the science behind sports and embark on a thrilling educational journey that can lead to a fulfilling career in medicine, research and physical achievement.  

Hands-on learning experiences, coupled with excellent job opportunities and graduate school placement, make Exercise Science one of the most sought-after degrees at UWA. This approach opens the doors to exciting career prospects in public health, allied healthcare, personal training, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, strength and conditioning, sport performance, sports psychology and clinical exercise physiology.  

Moreover, the Exercise Science (BA/BS) degree serves as an excellent foundation for further graduate studies in medical, dental, chiropractic, athletic training and physical and occupational therapy schools, providing students with a pathway to advanced professional opportunities. 

Visit the Academic Catalog for information regarding program admission requirements, prerequisites, course offerings and more.

Program Facts

Program Format

On Campus

Academic Term

Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

Number of Credits

120 hours

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Sample Courses

EX200 Foundations of Exercise Science

3 Credits

An introduction to the field of exercise science. Exploration of career options, professional organizations, and certification programs within exercise science. Includes a basic survey of exercise physiology, nutrition, health-related fitness, performance-related fitness, sports medicine, biomechanics, sports psychology, motor learning and motor development. 

EX443 Kinesiology

3 Credits

The study of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system as it relates to human movement and various motor skills in sport and life. Paper or project required. Prerequisites: BY231 and AH200 or EX200 or HPE200 or PE200 or SM200 and six hours from the following: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education and/or Sport Management.   

EX444 Exercise Physiology 

3 Credits

Review of the physiological basis of human movement, including basic anatomy, the muscular system, energy systems, and examination of the relationship of fundamental laws of physiology applied to human movement. The primary goal of this class is to acquaint students with knowledge, understanding and value of the study of physical exercise as related to fitness, physical education, sports and work performance. Prerequisites: BY231 and AH200 or EX200 or HPE200 or PE200 or SM200 and six hours from the following: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education and/or Sport Management.   

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program are employed in diverse occupations such as leaders in hospital-based wellness programs, health fitness instructors, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, program directors for sport training programs, and more. The broad background provided by this program makes it an ideal preparation for graduate study in medical, dental, chiropractic, ahtletic training, physical and occupational therapy schools, providing additional avenues for career advancement and specialization. 

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