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About the Exercise Science Degree Program

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.

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Exercise Science Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

I’ve gotten the opportunity to make a lot of relationships & connections with professors & peers on campus. I don’t think I would have gotten the same quality opportunity at a bigger university.

Kyler Watts

Exercise Science

What can you do with an Exercise Science Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Exercise Science graduates work for.


  • 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

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