Degree offered: Bachelor of Science
Minors offered: Exercise Science, Coaching
Ohio Dominican University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science to students who are interested in the natural phenomena of the human body and how the body functions during non-resting states. Exercise Science is intended to provide students with an in-depth study of the physiological bases of human physical performance.
In addition to seminar-based courses and advanced courses in Exercise Science, those who complete this degree will take additional courses in biology and chemistry. Students will also have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor to design and complete an independent research project during their senior year. In addition, students who wish to prepare for a professional career have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by completing an internship in an area of their choosing.
Upon graduation, those who have chosen this field of study may pursue multiple areas including graduate training in exercise physiology, an allied health field such as physical therapy, or medical school.
Others wishing to begin a career immediately upon graduation are employed in fitness and wellness centers, corporate fitness, or may work as personal trainers. They will build on the strengths of a liberal arts education, utilizing the social sciences, arts and humanities, and business in decision-making and problem solving, as well as understanding the biological and chemical sciences.
The overall program objectives and goals for the Exercise Science program are based upon the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Curricular Guidelines and from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in order to maintain program standards with nationally recognized governances. These objectives and goals will ensure that Exercise Science students will meet national standards implemented by professional organizations that will enable them to attain knowledge, skills, and assessments to be successful upon completion of the program.