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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 Therapy and Occupational Therapy graduate programs, both of which are available at Walsh.

Exercise Science majors can choose from four options:

Exercise Science - Pre-Athletic Training: For students interested in continuing on to graduate school or pursuing a career athletic training

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

Exercise Science - Professional: Typically, a non-graduate school oriented option for students who are interested in careers in cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, coaching, wellness, and strength and conditioning.

Why Walsh?

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.

Because Walsh offers graduate programs in both occupational therapy and physical therapy, students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in either area may choose to apply to continue their education through Walsh's Master of Occupational Therapy or Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. 

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Experiential Learning & Internship Opportunities

Exercise Science students gain real-world experience through internships aand various community partnerships.

Career Opportunities

A student graduating with a degree in Exercise Science is prepared to continue on to graduate school or to begin a career such as:

  • Wellness specialist
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness instructor
  • Health/wellness writer
  • Recreation program director
  • Athletic trainer
  • Sports coach
  • Corporate fitness director


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