Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology
Waters College of Health Professions

Exercise Science Major

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*The exercise science major is
offered face-to-face on the Statesboro
Campus. It is not offered online.

The exercise science major at Georgia Southern University focuses on the study of how exercise relates to the body in the following ways:

  •       Anatomically
  •       Biomechanically
  •       Neurologically
  •       Physiologically
  •       Psychologically

Prepare for employment in fitness centers, research laboratories or as an exercise technician in a cardiac rehabilitation center. Our curriculum provides an excellent foundation for students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in movement-based fields as well as for those students who wish to pursue a professional degree in medicine or in the rehabilitation sciences, such as physical or occupational therapy.

You will complete 125 semester credits, and the program is designed to be completed in four years. Students who complete this program will be prepared to sit for the ACSM Exercise Physiologist certification exam.

Concentrations

The Exercise Science program is composed of five areas of concentration:

Allied Health and Graduate School

The allied health and graduate school concentration will prepare students to apply for graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, physician’s assistant, medical school or kinesiology.

Inclusive Physical Activity

The inclusive physical activity concentration will prepare students to prescribe safe and effective programming for individuals with disabilities and provide motivational support to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students will be prepared to work in community and public health settings to improve access to exercise for all individuals as they gain a working knowledge of the American Disability Act (ADA) and policies specific to accessibility.

Certifications:
ACSM/NCPAD – Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)

Fitness and Wellness Management

The fitness and wellness management concentration prepare students for personal trainer, group fitness instructor and wellness coach/health coach certifications. Students will learn to prescribe fitness for both individuals and groups in multiple platforms, to develop and provide exercise programming for facilities and individuals as well as fitness testing and behavior modification counseling within the commercial and corporate fitness industries.

Certifications:
ACSM – Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
ACE – Group Fitness Instructor (GFI)

Sport Performance

The sport performance concentration prepares students for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s certification test (CSCS) or USA Weightlifting’s Sport Performance certification, leading to careers designing strength and conditioning programs for athletes in team settings.

Certifications:
NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ASEP – Coaching Principles Certified
ASEP – Sport First Aid Certified

Tactical Strength and Conditioning

The tactical strength and conditioning concentration prepares students for to work with members of police, fire, SWAT or military organizations in the areas of strength and conditioning.

Certifications:
NCSA – Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC)


Minor

You may also minor in exercise science.


Professional License Disclosure

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional certification by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) plus additional certification based on the concentration areas:  Inclusive Physical Activity Concentration: ACSM/NCPAD – Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT); Fitness and Wellness Management Concentration: ACSM – Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), and ACSM Group Fitness Instructor; Sport Performance Concentration:  NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USA Weightlifting – Sport Performance Certification, ASEP – Coaching Principles Certified, and or ASEP – Sport First Aid Certified; and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Concentration: NCSA – Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC).

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for ACSM as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, click here to check the requirements of your state or territory.  

Additional required disclosures on whether this program satisfies additional certifications can be found below based on concentration.

Inclusive Physical Activity Concentration

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for ACSM/NCPAD – Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT), click here to check the requirements of your state or territory.

Fitness and Wellness Management Concentration

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for ACSM – Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), click here to check the requirements of your state or territory.   

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for ACSM Group Fitness Instructor, click here to check the requirements of your state or territory.  

Sport Performance Concentration 

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), click here to check the requirements for your state or territory.  

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for ASEP – Coaching Principles Certified, click here to check the requirements for your state or territory.  

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for ASEP – Sport First Aid Certified, click here to check the requirements for your state or territory.  

Tactical Strength and Conditioning Concentration:

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for NCSA – Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC), click here to check the requirements of your state or territory.  

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for the ACSM as a Certified Exercise Physiologist certificate in Georgia, plus complimentary certifications based on concentration area. 

Last updated: 8/4/2020

Department of Health Sciences & Kinesiologyhk-office@georgiasouthern.edu