The bachelor's degree in exercise science at KU in Overland Park helps set up students for career success. It also serves as a strong foundation for graduate level work in health sciences, including physical therapy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 36 percent growth in physical therapy through 20221.
Offered through the KU School of Education’s Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences Department, the exercise science degree completion program contains a strong core of basic science courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. Key coursework includes exercise physiology, biomechanics, biochemistry, kinesiology and an internship option.
Faculty is comprised of experts who are Fellows of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and of the American College of Sports Medicine.
The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students to succeed in agencies that dispense health- and fitness-related programs, such as commercial or private health and fitness centers, hospital exercise and cardiac rehabilitation programs, and corporate fitness centers. It also serves as a foundation for graduate-level work in health sciences, such as nursing, chiropractic, medicine (physician assistant, medical doctor, etc.), physical/occupational therapy or dietetics.
For students interested in pursuing additional education, exercise science graduates can apply for admission to most physical therapy (PT) schools. The requirements of the program meet the prerequisites of the University of Kansas Medical Center physical therapy program. Additional courses may be necessary to fulfill admission requirements for other PT programs.
Please see the program advisor for additional details.
This program is funded by the Education and Research Triangle initiative.
1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014