Are you interested in medicine, health, wellness or sports performance? A degree in exercise science prepares you for a variety of careers or advanced degrees in these areas.
Exercise science students study the human body, how the body works in health and disease states, how the body responds to exercise, and how lifestyle can prevent disease. Our science-based curriculum can be tailored to meet your needs and career goals, and all students complete a supervised clinical experience during their senior year.
Complete a practicum learning course your senior year that aligns with your professional interests.
Take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, participate in research and join student organizations or clubs.
Study in an undergraduate exercise science program that is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
STEM Major Assistance
Qualify for the $2,500 annual LIFE Scholarship Enhancement for eligible S.C. LIFE scholarship recipients.
What You’ll Study
Exercise science majors study the links between physical activity, exercise, fitness, performance, diet and health. You'll study anatomy, exercise physiology, psychology of physical activity, biomechanics of movement and more. Learn to conduct disease risk factor screening, physical fitness assessments and exercise testing.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes
Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience
Identifying and implementing incremental changes to enhance quality, efficiency and effectiveness
Understanding and using specialized language and vocabulary in health care settings
Using proven strategies to help individuals or groups achieve positive outcomes
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Physical Therapist
- Athletic Trainer
- Physician Assistant
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Personal Trainer
Job Titles of Alumni
- Registered Nurse
- Medical Assistant
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Exercise Physiologist
- Physical Therapy Technician
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $65,326
- Health Care
- Occupational Health
- Exercise Science
Employers of Alumni
- Greenville Health System
- Medical University of South Carolina
- Lexington Medical Center
- Drayer Physical Therapy Institute