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Students in ODU's Exervise Science program 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.

To maintain program standards with nationally recognized governances, ODU's Exercise Science program’s overall program objectives and goals are based on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Curricular Guidelines and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Exercise Science graduates may pursue multiple paths including graduate training in exercise physiology, an allied health field such as physical therapy, or medical school. Others may begin a career in fitness and wellness centers, corporate fitness, or as a personal trainer. 

Career opportunities with a degree in Exercise Science include:
  • Aquatic Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitator
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Coach
  • Fitness Facility Owner/Manager
  • Fitness in Gerontology settings
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Media and/or Public Relations Specialist
  • Medical or Osteopathic Physician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Professional Scout
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Sport Administrator
  • Sport Dietitian
  • Sport Event Manager
  • Sport Facilities Operations
  • Sport Marketer
  • Sport Official
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach