teacher and students affixing a breathing apparatus to an athlete

Exercise Science

On Campus On Campus

The Exercise Science BS is designed for University of Nebraska at Kearney students who desire to attend professional school in areas such as Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Occupational Therapy or Chiropractic after obtaining their bachelor’s degree. Courses include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, health promotion, nutrition, fitness evaluation, strength program design, and research design.

A minor is required to complement the major. Suggested minors include Health Science, Public Health, Biology, Chemistry or Psychology. Courses are held in the state-of-the-art Physical Activity and Wellness Laboratory, which is over 7,000 square feet of academic, research and faculty space including a demonstration kitchen and private exercise room. Students may choose to apply to be part of the undergraduate research fellows program and work with one of five exercise science faculty to experience research in exercise science. Faculty have mentored students from research idea development through international presentation and publication as undergraduate students.

Over the past 3 years, 67% of our graduates have been accepted into professional school.

Exercise Science RequirementsSetting Up Your Internship


  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Graduate school
  • Human and Sport Performance
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Activity Promotion

Professional School Placement

Data shown represents the past 3 years.

67% Placed


Nick Wenz

“My favorite parts of the exercise science program are the faculty and the hands-on environment. While the professors can be demanding, they are also great instructors and most importantly, good people. I chose to major in exercise science because it appealed to my background in athletics. I think that the hands-on nature of the curriculum gives me an advantage in my future career. It will allow me to work with people in the community.”

Nick Wenz

Exercise Science