Explore the science of physical activity, diet and nutrition and its impact on optimal health and performance. When you major in Exercise Science at Central Michigan University, you build a strong foundation to serve in a variety of career fields to help people lead healthier lives.
Why This Program & What You'll Learn
As a CMU Exercise Science major, you'll examine the health and fitness benefits of physical movement and exercise using a science-based approach. Our approach includes classroom learning, laboratory activities, and an internship.
The major offers three options: clinical exercise science, health fitness, and kinesiology. You can prepare for a career that may involve work in a variety of clinical or non-clinical areas, such as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, cardiovascular diagnostic testing, or general health-fitness settings.
Alternatively, our advisors can help prepare you for application to graduate programs in exercise physiology, physical therapy, physician assistant, medical or dental school, nursing, pharmacy, or other areas of health care.
As an exercise science student at CMU, you can:
- Pursue your specific career goals by focusing on clinical exercise, health fitness, or kinesiology.
- Tailor your studies to match your interests, choosing courses such as Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs, Nutrition and Performance, or Health Implications of Obesity.
- Join a community of like-minded students by living in the Health Professions Residential College.
Our exercise science program at Central Michigan University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). Our Exercise Science undergraduate program demonstrates academic excellence as the first in Michigan to obtain accreditation by CAAHEP through CoAES. Our students graduate, are satisfied with their education, and perform well on national credentialing exams as seen in our outcome data.
Clinical Exercise Science
Health Fitness and Performance
Careers & Outcomes
Many of our graduates go on to graduate school in fields like exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy, or health sciences. Others begin careers in personal training, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, and more.
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