Exercise Science (BS)

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With an exercise science degree, you can work in the fitness and wellness industry. You might use a computer to analyze an athlete's motion, or help an injured child take her first, teetering steps on her new legs. Either way, you'll use your knowledge of physiology and kinesiology to help people.

Benefits of studying exercise science at DSU

Our exercise science degree is flexible and interdisciplinary. A strong science core stands at the center of the program, but the rest is up to you. You'll craft an education that best meets your individual career goals. Common pathways include corporate and private fitness, community and hospital-based wellness and rehabilitation programs, or graduate studies. Our program will prepare you for all of them.

Outside the classroom, there are a number of student clubs and activities to join including the Exercise Science Club. Scholarships and grants are also available for exercise science majors.

Integrated technology

You'll also learn essential business skills. You'll generate correspondence, prepare budgets, develop brochures, and other tasks necessary for your career. You'll also have access to specialized technology in the human performance lab including:

  • Dartfish® motion analysis software to determine biomechanical and kinesiological efficiency
  • SRM Training System® (bicycle ergometer) to conduct the Wingate Test for Anaerobic Power.
  • A LIDO® isokinetic machine to test strength in a variety of muscle groups.
  • Blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes used in measuring blood pressures.
  • ParvoMedics® 2400 metabolic system (gas analysis system) to collect expired air from a subject on a treadmill
  • Tensometers and dynamometers for measuring strength in selected muscle groups

Possible job titles

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Fitness Facility Administrator
  • Youth Recreation Director

Next steps

See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.

Schedule a campus visit to meet exercise science professors and students in the department and see the campus.

You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.

What Students Say

Sara Irvine

"My favorite part about DSU is receiving a quality education and gaining the technical and professional skills needed beyond the degree."

Sara Irvine
Hometown: Tea, SD
Major: Exercise Science