BS in Exercise Science

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The number of Americans with chronic conditions related to lifestyle risk factors continues to rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that six out of every 10 adults have at least one chronic condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, or arthritis. Exercise scientists, emphasize prevention and care utilizing physical activity and nutrition, which are two key contributing lifestyle factors for chronic disease.

As part of Cleveland University-Kansas City’s exercise science degree program, students build a strong foundation in exercise science through classroom and lab experiences, learning how the body is affected by the interaction of exercise, nutrition, and environment. Students apply their skills and knowledge to assess, design, and implement programs for both apparently healthy individuals and those with controlled chronic diseases.

A healthy, active lifestyle doesn’t just interest you; it’s what gets you up at 5 a.m. and fuels you throughout the day.

Your competitive nature means you want more than a degree; you want to be the best in your chosen profession so you can help others change their lives for the better.

The B.S. in exercise science program incorporates the latest scientific evidence for programming across the full exercise continuum…from preventative medicine to weight loss and nutrition management to performance enhancement.

Students can also work toward a graduate degree in chiropractic or exercise physiology and sports performance while they earn their bachelor’s degree. To learn more about our concurrent program opportunities, reach out to an advisor.

Flexibility that fits your goals

We offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Exercise Science with 8-week modules that begin up to six times a year, designed to provide a deep dive into class subjects and accelerate students to exercise science degree completion in as little as three years.

At CUKC, we go beyond theory to application. Our B.S. in Exercise Science degree program aligns with the American College of Sports Medicine. CUKC students receive hands-on instruction and gain practical experience on campus, in class, and in the field.

In addition to the B.S. in Exercise Science core academic courses, this degree program offers CUKC students the flexibility to complete their degree by taking a highly individualized set of elective courses. With their academic advisor, students will arrange clinical education experiences, identify individual research projects, and select other courses based on personal education and professional goals.

The CUKC B.S. in Exercise Science program has earned the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP) designation.

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Work Towards Your Doctor of Chiropractic Degree

Interested in earning your Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree? You may begin taking courses toward your D.C. during your last year in the exercise science degree program. Start on your D.C. while you finish your bachelor’s.

“The reason I picked CUKC is smaller class sizes, more one-on-one time with instructors and clinicians, but also a really great background in high test scores.”

-Kelsey Bartley, BSES Grad 2023

Career Options with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Our B.S. in Exercise Science graduates use their knowledge about movement and exercise to support health, improve performance, and prevent disease. Some choose to become personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, or fitness directors. Other graduates might become exercise specialists, developing and implementing exercise programs in hospitals, gyms, and for corporate wellness programs. They may also work with patients with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory disease.

B.S. in Exercise Science graduates can continue their education by pursuing professional and graduate degrees in health careers:

  • Exercise physiologists
  • Doctors of chiropractic
  • Athletic trainers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Medical doctors
  • Other diverse health-focused professions.

Possible Exercise Science Career Paths

Demand for exercise science degree graduates in healthcare professions is expected to remain strong. Depending on their credentials, those with an exercise science degree find fulfilling employment in various settings, including:

  • Fitness centers
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Corporate wellness environments
  • Schools and universities
  • Laboratories

Explore Courses for The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

The B.S. in Exercise Science degree program at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a three-year program. To earn a B.S. degree, a total of 120 credit hours must be completed with at least 36 of those completed at CUKC. Your CUKC academic advisor will work with you to evaluate and transfer your prior coursework.

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

We strive to select B.S. in Exercise Science candidates who have a passion for health promotion and a solid academic preparation:

  • Complete a formal online application to the program along with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit your official high school transcript showing your graduation date and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. (A GED credential certification or verification from an accredited appropriate home school agency will also satisfy this requirement.) If you are currently in high school, you may submit your transcript for the first term of your junior year. A final official transcript must be submitted after graduation, but before starting at CUKC.
  • Submit official post-secondary transcript(s) reflecting successful completion of at least 24 college semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale if you have completed college credits.

A non-refundable tuition deposit, credited to the first trimester’s tuition, is required within 60 days after being accepted into the exercise science program.

Get Started on Your B.S. in Exercise Science Degree

Are you ready to gain the knowledge and skills you need to use movement, exercise, and nutrition to support health promotion and well-being? If so, apply today.  

Interested in exploring options related to our exercise science program? CUKC offers these related programs. Well-qualified students can work toward them while they earn their bachelor’s degree:

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