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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


Kylie Kenedy
"Simply put, UNK's campus is just fun. I was super attracted to this campus because of all the involvement. I loved- absolutely loved, that people were so passionate about their organizations, what they did on campus. That was so cool to me, I wanted to be a Loper on account of that.” Kenedy had a great passion for campus diversity. “Coming here to UNK and seeing that there are other people that maybe believe in different things, practice different things, know other things in terms of other cultures. The fact they want to show that and educate others who might not have had that same experience is also pretty unique.”

Kylie Kenedy

Exercise Science/Special Education