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Majoring in Exercise Science: A Preview

In May 2015, I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

I loved everything about majoring in Exercise Science: my classmates, professors, the required classes, and the skills I learned along the way.

If you’re like me, and you like to get all the details about your latest college major, then this preview will help. Take a look:

The Classmates

There’s really no telling if you’ll get along with these people or not, but at least you’ll know that they are interested in some aspect of Exercise Science. I got lucky and had a great group of classmates.

Some went to the gym every day, sometimes twice a day. Some were on very strict diets, and always carried around their bright pink BCAA’s.

Many of them were athletes and on the various college sports teams. A few of them taught the group fitness classes at the campus gym.

Overall, the people majoring in Exercise Science are motivated, disciplined, and inspiring when it comes to health.

My classmates either wanted to work in Public Health, Sports teams, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, or Cardiac Rehab. Most planned on doing Physical Therapy.

[FUN FACT] I had no idea I wanted to do PT when I was studying Exercise Science. It wasn’t until a year later that I fell in love with it!

Either way, you’ll have a lot of fun and always have a gym buddy!

The Professors

There were a few stand out professors ( we always remember the really good, and the really bad, huh? ) in the Exercise Science department at my college.

There was the Ironman triathlete / Exercise Science Club sponsor / Cardiology Guru

And the Gymnastics Olympian / Exercise Physiology Professor / Mad Scientist

Plus the Aging and Physical Performance Professor / Group Fitness Instructor

I saw my professors all over the place including right next to me on the mat in Power Yoga class, and at the local Gallery Nights with a glass of wine in hand.

They were good examples of keeping the highest of standards for their careers and health, and also living a little on the weekends.

The Classes

A list of some of my favorite required classes from my Exercise Science degree:

Physiological Basis of Strength and Development
Aging and Physical Performance
Sport Nutrition and Weight Control
Exercise Physiology
Exercise Testing and Prescription
Exercise Testing for Special Populations

Health Promotion and Planning
Balance and Mobility for the Aging Adult

^^ These are pretty standard for the Exercise Science curriculum. I’ll get into more detail in a future post, but for now, get ready to keep a portfolio of anything you create in these classes ( presentations, brochures, fliers, etc. ) — it could help with getting jobs / applying to DPT programs in the future.

Tip: Build your portfolio. In a folder, add all of your projects. Example: research papers, group work, slideshows, flyers, drawings, tables. anything you produced/helped produce.

The New Skills

I got the opportunity to learn some helpful skills, both Exercise Science / Health related and life skills in general.

I learned:

  • how to manually measure a person’s blood pressure
  • how to create a goals-based exercise/strength program
  • how to create a healthy diet for an athlete
  • how to conduct exercise tests
  • how to create a health campaign from scratch
  • how to make physical activity fun for children ( hint: make it a game! )
  • how to present health info to the public
  • how to reach out to local organizations

The Internship

Honestly, if the first 2 years of college were replaced with internships, then we’d be a lot better off, but let’s save that for another post…

A lot of my classmates interned with physical therapy clinics and in hospitals. A lot of them are either in PT or PTA schools or working as cardiac rehab techs or exercise physiologists.

I had a friend who interned at the high school he graduated from in the P.E. department. He teaches high school chemistry now.

A few classmates interned with local sports teams.

I had a positive experience with my internship. I chose a non-profit organization that I had volunteered with a lot during my degree. Their work consisted of organizing marathons, 5ks, college sports events, high school sports events, and several other local fundraising events.

If you could justify the reason behind your internship and somehow relate it to Exercise Science, it was approved.

What was/is your college major? Would you choose it again?

^^ I would choose Exercise Science again, simply because it is a beneficial stepping stone to Physical Therapy.

I’m planning on writing more about my experience with majoring in Exercise Science, so let me know if there is anything you want to know. Expect more on the specific classes, my internship, and basically what a person can take away ( & leave ) from the degree in general.

I’m about to do some stretches before I edit my PTCAS application. ( Hey Pigeon Pose ūüėČ )

Are you doing a little physical activity today? It helps with my productivity <3

See you Friday ~


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