Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

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Exercise science involves the study of anatomy, motor behavior, exercise physiology, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and biomechanics. Students gain an in-depth understanding of these topics through classroom instruction and hands-on training at one of SIU’s many kinesiology labs.

This program covers not only the physical aspects of fitness, sports, movement and wellness, but also the fundamentals of nutrition, physiology and all the components that make up human health and fitness. .

Bachelor of Science

Courses cover physiology, communication, nutrition, chemistry, anatomy, injury management, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, biomechanics, motor behavior, pharmacology, exercise, physics, injury management and much more. Bachelor of Science requirements.

  • Total degree requirements: 120 credit hours
  • Basic university course: 39 credit hours
  • Major Exercise Science Requirements: 55 credit hours
  • A choice : 25 credit hours

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Strong SIU Survivor

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Our students study, research, and work in labs where they receive technical training in exercise physiology, cardiovascular control, biomechanics, and group fitness and training. You will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by being involved with Strong Survivors. This is a free exercise and nutrition program that we operate in conjunction with the SIH Cancer Institute. He uses exercise as a therapeutic tool to help cancer survivors and their caregivers find new life during treatment and recovery.


Practical experience is an essential part of our program and all students will complete an internship as part of their studies. They may choose to focus on special populations, coaching, exercise science or sport, or cancer rehabilitation.

Additionally, we help connect students with amazing internship opportunities with organizations such as St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, St. Louis FC, Southern Illinois Miners and Saluki Athletics.

Student organizations

You can get involved, network, gain valuable experience, and enhance your education and experience through hundreds of registered student organizations on campus. Two are of particular interest to science students:

Both organizations are open to undergraduate and graduate students and provide opportunities for networking and bonding. Workshops, seminars, volunteer opportunities, internship connections, social events, field trips, service projects, guest speakers, professional development, conferences, and other enhancements of life and career are also included.

Members receive professional and educational advice with insight into career opportunities including internships and job openings and more. Through these organizations, students make valuable connections with each other, professors, and mentors in the field of kinesiology.

Career opportunities

Exercise science is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 11% increase in jobs over the next decade, and the median annual salary is $50,280.

A SIU exercise science degree prepares graduates for successful careers as fitness professionals as personal trainers, coaches, and corporate and clinical fitness directors. Jobs are available in a wide variety of settings, wherever health and fitness assistance is needed. For example, rehabilitation centers for cancer survivors and post-surgery patients hire fitness specialists to help them recover and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Graduates are prepared for pre-professional work in physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, athletic training and conditioning, corporate fitness, and personal training and can continue their careers with graduate studies. Exercise science lays the foundation for advanced study for countless careers in the burgeoning healthcare industry.

Contact information

Phil Anthony,
Program Director

Davies Pavilion 110
ZIP code 4310
1075 S Normal Ave.
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Telephone: (618) 453-3116

Christophe Hinkle,
Academic Advisor

Davies Room 156
ZIP code 4310
1075 S Normal Ave.
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: 618-453-3120

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