Program Description


The Exercise Science major will immerse you in the study of movement and physiological responses.

You’ll gain a broad background in the sciences related to exercise, including anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology and motor development and learning. You’ll have hands-on training, working directly with people in our exercise physiology and biomechanics labs, and you’ll gain professional experience through an internship in an area of the field you are interested in pursuing professionally.

Depending on your interest, the major offers two emphasis areas:

  • Medical Fitness: if you are interested in graduate or professional study in exercise science or allied health fields
  • Fitness Leadership and Promotion: if you are interested in using your knowledge in diverse settings related to fitness, wellness or personal training.

Career Options

You’ll have a wide range of career options when you choose the field of exercise science.

Depending on your area of interest, you may choose to pursue professional certifications directly after graduating to become an exercise specialist developing fitness programs, working as a lifestyle coach, personal trainer or fitness instructor.

Your BS degree in Exercise Science will also prepare you to go on to graduate or professional study in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, chiropractic or other allied health fields. It is also an excellent choice if you are interested in a career in nursing, preparing you to enter an accelerated BSN programs designed to train those with BS degrees in other fields to be nurses in 12-18 months.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the job outlook for careers in the fitness and allied health fields is excellent, with jobs expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations.

About Bemidiji State University

Bemidji State University serves over 5,300 students in undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs. Our core philosophy is built upon a commitment to environmental stewardship, community service and global understanding. You’ll see that commitment in what we teach and in what we do. Located on the western shore of Lake Bemidji, our north woods campus reminds us daily of the need to be in tune with our world. Similarly, the American Indian culture of our region beckons us to begin our global journey by understanding our past as we prepare for the future.