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Exercise Science Degree

Exercise Science has quickly become one of Walsh University's most popular majors. With its foundation of coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education and Clinical Sciences, an exercise science degree can lead to careers in areas such as coaching, personal training and exercise physiology. With additional education, exercise majors can also go on to work in physical education, chiropractic care, and other medical fields. 

Exercise Science is also an alternative route to the Physical Therapyand Occupational Therapy graduate programs, both of which are available at Walsh.

Exercise Science majors can choose from three options:

  • Exercise Science - Pre-Professional: For students interested in continuing on to graduate school or pursuing a career in areas such as physician assistant, pharmacist, chiropractic, medical, cardiac rehabilitation, etc.
  • Exercise Science - Pre-Occupational Therapy: For students who intend to pursue a master's degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Exercise Science - Pre-Physical Therapy: For students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in Physical Therapy


What makes Walsh's Exercise Science program unique?

  • Faculty with Experience. Each of our Ph.D. Biology faculty members specialize in their areas of expertise. They are excellent teachers and competent researchers.
  • Diverse Course Offering. Students can select from two tracks – one for career preparation and the other to prepare students for graduate school.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities. Walsh houses laboratories equipped with the latest technologies, giving our students a chance to work with the instruments and tools used in the field.
  • Experiential Learning. Walsh emphasizes internship and research experiences to prepare students for their next step after graduation.

In addition, students have the option to enroll in Walsh's new 4+1 Program for non-business majors who would like to supplement their bachelor's degree with an MBA. Through the program, students simultaneously earn undergraduate and graduate credit for Walsh's MBA Prep Series courses, saving both time and money as students pursue their advanced degree. 

For more information about the program guidelines, please download the Exercise Science Guidebook.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

The Exercise Science major features a solid foundation that includes coursework in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education and Clinical Sciences. Specific courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • First Aid
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Kinesiology
  • Concepts in Exercise Science

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