About the Exercise Science Program
Exercise science majors at AU study for professional opportunities in fitness, health, rehabilitation and performance enhancement. There are more potential career opportunities in exercise science than with almost any other college major. Anderson University alumni have found employment in cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, wellness promotion, fitness club management, sports performance enhancement, and strength and conditioning coaching. Nearly all exercise science graduates are fully employed within six months of graduation. Approximately one third of the program’s graduates attend graduate school in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physicians assistance programs, clinical exercise physiology, or basic research. The acceptance rate of AU grads in these highly competitive fields is greater than ninety percent.
Successful exercise science students at AU build upon a solid base of anatomy and physiology. They specialize in exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, nutrition, exercise prescription, and advanced resistance training and conditioning. Those with a particular interest in nutrition select a minor in nutrition offered by the department. Others select minors in areas that will enhance their knowledge in particular areas of interest such as business or psychology.
At AU classes and labs are small so students have the opportunity to do rather than just discuss principles of exercise. Students typically have several courses with each professor, creating an environment that invites interaction both in and out of the classroom. Faculty in the program also emphasize hands-on experiences both on campus, such as personal training and teaching fitness classes, and off campus during summer internships. Exercise science students at AU are well equipped and confident because they have both the head knowledge and the practical experience to place them ahead of the competition.