For a Career in the Health-Enhancing Field of Physical Activity
Exercise Science majors obtain the knowledge, skills, and methodologies necessary to conduct and evaluate health and fitness assessments, design and implement exercise programs accordingly, and monitor health and fitness progression over time. Graduates in the field also address the public health crisis of physical inactivity one client-patient at a time.
The Exercise Science program at Catawba equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to enter the workforce professionally in positions with physical health and wellness companies and agencies, or for future graduate study in medical field careers, like physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and physician assisting. In this major, you will learn by doing: participating in internships, giving back to the community through service learning, studying abroad, and conducting and presenting hands-on research.
Exercise Science instruction includes coursework in exercise testing and prescription, exercise physiology, and research methodology. Depending on your chosen concentration, you’ll also be provided between 160 and 240 hours of supervised experiential learning opportunities beginning as early as your sophomore year. Additionally, you’ll be encouraged to take coursework that could lead to six professional certifications from four top national certification agencies.
Decide how and where you will work to help improve the physical health and wellness of humans by selecting either the Human Performance or Sports Medicine concentration.
Broaden your learning opportunities, network with likeminded peers, and live out your passion for health and well-being by joining Catawba College’s Sport & Health Sciences Society.
Exercise Science majors are encouraged to take coursework that could lead to six professional certifications from four top national certification agencies: NASM, ACSM, ACE, and NSCA.
The Exercise Science Degree Program
The Exercise Science degree program at Catawba College addresses the public health crisis of physical inactivity. This program equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for entry-level Exercise Science positions in public or private industries or for future graduate study in medical field careers like physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant.
Human Performance Concentration
Prepare for work as a practitioner or researcher immediately upon graduation. Students who complete this concentration can be employed in many settings, including college athletics, professional sports, Olympic and International sports, Special Olympics, Paralympics, college recreational sports and intramurals, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, geriatric facilities, gyms, fitness centers, and in corporate health and wellness programs. Completing six required courses in our Exercise Science program’s Human Performance concentration can lead to six national certifications for undergraduates.
Sports Medicine Concentration
A Sports Medicine concentration combines the strong science curriculum (chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, and physiology) that is needed for success in the health professions with a curriculum founded in the behavioral sciences (health psychology and human development). This concentration provides a clear path to pursue graduate level degrees for health care careers. Students pursuing this concentration complete required academic coursework and recommended experiential learning opportunities that professional administrators consider for admission into graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assisting, chiropractic, cardiac rehabilitation, senior fitness, and populations with disabilities. Completing three required courses in our Exercise Science degree’s Sports Medicine concentration could lead to three national certifications for undergraduates, with the option to pursue three additional national certifications by electing to take courses offered in this program.
Study Abroad in Exercise Science
Study Abroad in Exercise Science
Catawba College’s Sport & Health Sciences Department travels abroad to Italy and the Netherlands every two years to study and observe the European ways of sports medicine, sports management, and exercise science. Student-led research presentations are conducted jointly by Catawba students and international students from both countries.
Exercise Science majors have also recently traveled to Peru and Dominican Republic on medical mission trips, gaining hands-on experience in intake and patient history, measuring vitals, physician shadowing, and pharmacy operation. Future medical mission trips to Latin and South American countries will continue to be coordinated by the Sport & Health Sciences Department.
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Jobs - The employment outlook for Exercise Science majors from Catawba College is bright due to a public health demand for professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors, conduct fitness assessments, write appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivate individuals to modify negative habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. Our Exercise Science majors are at work in the following positions:
- Exercise Specialist
- Exercise Physiologist
- Fitness Director
- Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Sport Scientist
- Personal Trainer
- Industrial Health Specialist
Graduate Schools - Grad schools enrolling Catawba College Exercise Science majors include:
- Palmer College of Chiropractic
- Kent State University
- University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
- University of Central Florida
- University of Alabama - Birmingham
- Shenandoah University
- University of Arkansas
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