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Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science

About OU's Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science

In pursuing Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science (BAES) degree, you will prepare to take an active role in helping people get fit and stay healthy as a health educator, personal trainer, or exercise physiologist. OU’s BAES program prepares students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become effective professionals. Through practical and experiential learning opportunities, students are encouraged to engage in creative thinking and problem solving to help them become lifelong learners and reflective practitioners.

Ottawa’s BAES degree provides theoretical education that challenges students to apply this knowledge in real world, professional settings with diverse groups of people. Students majoring in exercise science are prepared for further study in professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, sports nutrition, massage therapy, personal training, strength and conditioning, coaching, biomechanics, exercise physiology and recreation administration.

The BAES curriculum 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.

Three BAES Concentrations

Ottawa’s bachelor’s degree in exercise science offers three concentrations that allow you to tailor your degree in an area of specialization, such as:

By completing the coaching concentration, students will earn coaching certification through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) offered by Human Kinetics Inc.

Career Outlook for B.A. in Exercise Science

Potential employment opportunity for exercise science majors include athletic trainer, exercise physiologist, sports nutritionist, occupational therapist, strength and conditioning coach among others, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs in this arena are projected to grow between 11 and 16 percent through 2029.

The median annual wage for exercise physiologists was $49,170 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,990, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $78,310. The median annual wage for athletic trainers was $48,440 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,470.

Perspective on the BAES

Exercise science studies the body under physical stress such as exercise, physical sports, or occupational therapy. This helps practitioners, coaches, and trainers to ensure the safety and health of their patients and clients. The fields that exercise science involves are studies in kinesiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise nutrition, fitness, and health science. Careers in exercise science are diverse and plentiful. Education in exercise science can lead to entry-level careers, such as fitness instructors and program directors, or act as the starting point for further education and careers such as doctors and occupational therapists.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please visit the online course catalog.

To get started on your journey toward an exercise science degree at Ottawa University, contact us today.

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 Physcal 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 varity 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 |  
  • Princples 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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