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About the Exercise Science Degree Program

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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.

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  • 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


Mallory Stoner
"The Exercise Science program at UNK pushed me to work hard in my area of study. All of the classes that I have taken have been enjoyable and will be beneficial to my continuing education and career path. The wide variety of information, along with the wonderful professors, have shaped me in to a hard working and diligent student."

Mallory Stoner

Exercise Science

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