Program Description


The ES major is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in any of the four health-fitness settings: commercial, community, corporate or clinical. Completion of the ES major may act as a stepping stone to prepare the exceptional student for graduate education in exercise physiology/science, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, sports nutrition, sports medicine, biomechanics or other allied health disciplines.

The ES major includes everything from the study of physical activity and the associated acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from it, to health-fitness business management principles found in facilities worldwide. Students are strongly encouraged to select a minor in business or other appropriate area depending on their interests. Several field experience courses during the four-year program, as well as a capstone experience involving a semester-long internship required at the end of the ES major, afford students the opportunity to select an area of specialization in the field at sites available throughout the country.

About North Dakota State University

NDSU is a national research university of approximately 14,500 students. The university’s researchers are leaders in areas such as nanotechnology, microelectronics, polymers, food safety, plant science, vaccinology, biotechnology, robotics and materials science. NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant research university that encompasses a broad spectrum of curricular offerings, scholarly activity and service. NDSU is ranked in the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education’s elite category of “Research Universities/Very High Research Activity” among 108 prestigious universities.