Exercise Science

The Exercise Science programs prepare and educate students with a strong science background for employment opportunities in exercise related areas (cardiac rehabilitation, corporate or private fitness), advanced graduate studies (motor behavior/exercise physiology) or professional school (medical, dental, occupational therapy, physical therapy). Most course prerequisites for medical, dental, occupational therapy or physical therapy schools are included in the various programs of study under this track.

Students interested in cardiac rehabilitation are encouraged to seek the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification or the Health Fitness Instructor certification offered by the American College of Sports Medicine. Students in corporate or club fitness are encouraged to seek other professional certifications and licenses (Personal Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, etc.) through professional organizations such as American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Note: Applicants are reviewed by committee and admitted on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements listed does not guarantee admission.


HLKN offers three undergraduate programs in Exercise Science:

Applied Exercise Physiology

This program prepares students to enter professional school or begin careers in numerous allied health and medical fields.  Learn more about Applied Exercise Physiology.

Basic Exercise Physiology

This program provides a background in the physical and biological sciences required for additional graduate study in Exercise Physiology or entry into medical or dental professional school. Learn more about Basic Exercise Physiology.

Motor Behavior

This program is offered to prepare students who wish to enter physical or occupational therapy or other related professional school. Learn more about Motor Behavior.