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B.S. Kinesiology (Exercise Science concentration) - Columbus State University

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Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences

B.S. Kinesiology (Exercise Science concentration)

The B.S. Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science is designed provide students with an in-depth study of how and why the body responds to physical activity and exercise from several perspectives. The program is also designed to accommodate a variety of student interests and professional goals by offering a thorough and rigid core of theoretical and practical Exercise Science courses balanced with flexibility.

Students majoring in Exercise Science are prepared for a variety of careers in the health and fitness industry or further graduate work in areas such as exercise physiology, health promotion, nutrition, or cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, the Exercise Science program provides students an excellent pathway for entrance into graduate medical programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic medicine, and others.

Students transferring to the Exercise Science program must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 out of a 4.0 scale.

Career Opportunities

The Kinesiology degree with an exercise science concentration provides students with a variety of career opportunities in fitness, health, and pre-professional fields. The exercise science concentration may also prepare you for rigorous certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine or National Strength and Conditioning Association.
In the last decade, the program has launched students into successful careers such as:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Coaching

The B.S. degree in Kinesiology (exercise science concentration) also prepares students for continuing education in masters and doctoral programs. The American Kinesiology Association provides a closer look at Careers in Kinesiology.


  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutritional Basis of Human Performance
  • Exercise Testing
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Principles of Strength and Conditioning

For a full list of courses and their descriptions, see the current academic catalog.

Academic Advising and Program Requirements

Advisors can help you plan a program of study to best complete your coursework. Current undergraduate students with less than 80 earned credit hours will be advised through CSU ADVISE located in Frank Brown Hall on the downtown CSU campus. Once you have accrued more than 80 hours, your advisor will be a department faculty member to provide personal attention to your career goals. Advisees are assigned an advisor by alphabet of your last name as follows:

Advisee students with 80 credit hours (last names beginning A–H):
Dr. Kate Early
Advisee students with 80 credit hours (last names beginning I–M):
Dr. Brian Tyo
Advisee students with 80 credit hours (last names beginning N–Z):
Dr. Clayton Nicks

Note: Graduate students are advised by the current graduate program coordinator. Please see the Faculty and Staff page to locate the current full-time faculty coordinator.


The main office of the Kinesiology and Health Sciences Department is located in the Lumpkin Center, Room 250. In addition, faculty and laboratories can be found in the Health and Wellness building on CSU‘s main campus as well as Frank Brown Hall on CSU‘s downtown campus. For individual faculty locations, please see the Faculty and Staff page.

Transferring to CSU

If you are interested in transferring to Kinesiology, please visit the Transfer Home Page to learn more about taking the next step for finishing your degree at Columbus State University.


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