Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Health Education

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Health Education program offers a blend of classroom instruction and clinical experience designed to prepare students for entry into the fitness industry as a personal trainer, strength coach, health and fitness instructor or exercise leader. The exercise science degree program can lead to eligibility for certification in any of several areas with the American College of Sports Medicine and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (or any of the national aerobics instructor certifications).

GCU's exercise science degree program will also provide competency in personal and group health instruction to prepare students as health and wellness educators. This career path is for anyone who wants to work directly with students/clients in the areas of disease prevention, physical fitness, wellness and health enhancement.

The curriculum for the exercise science degree explores what fitness entails, examines how to evaluate an individual's fitness needs, and provides guidance on how to develop customized fitness programs. Future physical education teachers, fitness instructors and recreational leaders will be prepared with the skills necessary to teach physical education to groups. Nutrition theory is studied, with a focus on food components, exercise and weight control. Students will also investigate the principles of sports medicine, including the care and treatment of athletic trauma.

Program SOC

Exercise Physiologists
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