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Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science

Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science 

Earn your exercise science degree from Ottawa University and prepare to help others improve their overall quality of life through real-world expertise in areas such as nutrition, personal training and biomechanics.

About Ottawa’s Bachelor of Exercise Science

Do you have a passion for serving others? For helping them get in shape or develop healthy lifestyle habits? Our exercise science degree program can help you reach your goals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become an effective professional in the the exercise career field.

College coursework covers topics ranging from human anatomy and physiology to sports nutrition, providing you with a broad base of knowledge applicable to many different careers. You will develop strong creative thinking and problem solving skills. Concentrations in Coaching, Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning and Pre-Allied Health are available. By completing the coaching concentration you will earn coaching certification through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP).

Career Prospects for Exercise Science

So, what can you do with an exercise science degree? There are any number of exercise science career opportunities available to graduates from an exercise science degree program, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Athletic training
  • Sports nutrition
  • Massage therapy
  • Personal training
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Coaching
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Recreation administration

Ready to get started working toward your college degree in exercise science? At Ottawa University, we’re here to help. Contact us today.

Exercise Science is offered at the following locations.

  • Ottawa, KS (Residential Campus)
  • Surprise, AZ (Residential Campus)

Exercise Science Major Courses

Human Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab |  
Studies function and anatomy of each system of the human body, including immunology. Two 2-hour labs per week that verify and supplement lecture material.

History & Principles of Health, Physical Education & Recreation | 
Studies the history, philosophy and principles of health, physical education and recreation based on resource materials, professional literature and current research.

Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries |  
Introduces the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Learn to evaluate injuries common to sports, as well as preventative taping and wrapping of different anatomical joints.

Psychology and Sociology of Sports |  
Examines component in professional preparation for careers in physical education, recreation and related areas. Examines centrality of sports in modern society. Topics include psychological effects of sports, roles of youth sports, team cohesion and psychology of injury rehabilitation.

Sports Nutrition |  
Course is designed to teach students the roles of the three energy yielding nutrients as they contribute to physical conditioning. Topics include the effect of eating habits on the energy necessary to maintain body functions at rest and during a variety of physical activities and will include lab experiences.

Advanced Athletic Training |  
Detailed study of athletic injuries including physiology of injuries, theories of rehabilitation and the use of various modalities in treating athletes. Includes discussion of current issues in sports.

First Aid Instructor Training |  
Emphasizes practical applications for all age ranges in resuscitation and emergency treatment of strokes, heart attacks, burns, cuts, abrasions and broken bones. Detailed application of an AED is also emphasized. Red Cross certification in First Aid and Adult, Child, Infant CPR and AED is awarded upon completion. Students are certified as Red Cross instructors in these areas.

Kinesiology | 
Study of the science of human motion and movement of the body and its parts. Emphasis on factors affecting the use of implements, such as force, friction, elasticity, projection and angles, to analyze and improve performance.

Adaptive Physical Education |  
Study of physical education adapted to those whose physical inadequacy or functional defect can be improved through physical activity. Develop and understand physical education program for gifted, retarded, handicapped and disadvantaged students.

Human Anatomy of Exercise Science & Lab |  
Complete study of human anatomy in preparation for an allied health/exercise science/teaching profession. Covers eleven systems of the human body with an emphasis on skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Explores how the human body works during exercise and recovery. Lab experiences used to study the anatomy of the human body.  Designed to increase understanding of locations of structures and their functions during exercise and recovery.

Theory of Administration in Health, Physical Education & Recreation |  
Course includes study of administrative philosophies and processes including administrative behavior, leadership and organizational procedures. Includes theory and practice involving tests and measurements in physical education and sport as well as program evaluation procedures. Off campus work is required.

Exercise Physiology |  
Studies the physical responses of the human body to the stress induced by physical activity. Prepares students interested in the physical training of both athletic and nonathletic population groups.

Co-Ed Weight Training |  
Examines principles and techniques of strength training and their application during active participation in weightlifting. Assists students with devising a personal weight training program consistent with health related fitness principles developed to meet their personal goals.

Lifetime Fitness |  
Participate in a great variety of health-related aerobic activities designed to help student develop a health related fitness program. Activities include walking, stair stepping, jogging, aerobic dance, aerobic game play and rope jumping. Studies current health and fitness concepts and basic nutrition concepts.

Nontraditional Team Sports I |  
Introduces activities of a nontraditional nature. Games, such as ultimate Frisbee, earthball,flickerball and Olympic team handball are used for the purpose of examining values and beliefs related to moral and ethical behavior and responsible group membership. Because physical fitness is a secondary goal, all activities included require students to be active throughout play.

Health/Fitness Practicum |  
Observe and work under guidance in facility supervision, fitness testing, programming, care and maintenance of equipment, etc.

Internship: Exercise Science |  
Student experiences the field of exercise science in a program, management, and leadership role beyond the formal course of study.

Comprehensive: Physical Education | 
Identifies and discusses various professional certifications, career opportunities, and graduate schools options. Provides experience in fitness testing and programming. Includes research and preparation for senior comprehensives.

Senior Seminar |  
Various professional certifications, career opportunities and graduate school options covered. Current issues in health, physical education and recreation are researched.

Required Supporting Courses

  • Principles of Biology & Lab |  
  • Introduction to Nutrition |  
  • Concepts of Chemistry |  
    •  or General Chemistry I & Lab |  
  • Introduction to Human Communication or Speech Preparation and Delivery |  
  • Intermediate Writing |  oAdvanced Expository Writing |  
  • Management |  
  • Principles of Psychology | 
Full Degree Catalog

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

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