Program Description


The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation offers the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Exercise Science is the study of movement and the associated physiological and functional responses and/or adaptations. Exercise scientists must understand the scientific basis underlying exercise-induced physiological responses. In addition to the core, students complete either a clinical or non-clinical emphases area as well as an internship, and a student research project. While not required, many students also elect to complete a minor.

The goal of the Exercise Science Program is to produce top caliber graduates who can contribute to the body of knowledge in the fight against diseases associated with inactivity and/or an unhealthy lifestyle and to conduct ground breaking student and faculty research for the purpose of educating medical and health professionals on the importance of exercise in the health and well-being of humans.  

Why Pitt State?

The Applied Physiology (APL) and the Applied Movement Science (AMSL) Laboratories at Pittsburg State University serve as student- and research-driven educational centers dedicated to preparing students in the Exercise Science Program to pursue careers as Physical and Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Specialists, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (NSCA-CSCS), Certified Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES) or Certified Personal Trainers (CPT), and/or Master’s or Doctoral Graduate Students. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for measurements of body composition, maximal oxygen consumption, lung function, lactate threshold, power output, diabetes screening, muscle electrical activity, functional movement, and health and fitness parameters.

Students completing the Exercise Science program at Pittsburg State will be involved in classes that include hands-on learning opportunities that promote and develop important critical thinking skills. The required learning activities relate to the application of exercise physiology in either research, educational, or wellness settings. 

About Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg State University, home of the Gorillas, is located in the southeast corner of Kansas. The University is within thirty minutes of Joplin, MO., two hours from Tulsa, OK, Kansas City, and Springfield MO. . Midwest values and hospitality are found on this campus of 7,000 students where the student to faculty ratio is 18-to-1. At Pittsburg State University, students can choose from over 100 academic programs distributed among the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Technology. Pittsburg State students enjoy small class sizes, challenging courses, a caring faculty, and modern classrooms. Within six months of graduation, approximately 80% of Pittsburg State University graduates are either gainfully employed or enrolled in advanced studies. With our geographical location our students are close enough for big city visits, but still enjoy campus and city sponsored activities. The 20,000 citizens of Pittsburg, KS take pride in supporting Pittsburg State and its mission of encouraging all individuals to achieve their potential.