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Exercise Science

  • Available as major (B.S. degree) and minor

    Do you want to help people live longer, healthier lives through exercise, nutrition and rehabilitation? Your study of exercise science will prepare you to do all that and more in a professional way.

  • Exercise science includes the study of the human body – bones, muscles, skin, tissue – and human movement. Learn how to keep the body in top condition. Appreciate the effects that diet, nutrition and exercise have on the body. Understand injury and illness prevention, and ways to hope people cope with their injuries. Find new ways to help people overcome their excuses and fears relating to fitness.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study kinesiology, exercise physiology, personal training.
    • Benefit from the hands-on, experiential approach that this program takes.
    • Work with athletes, faculty, staff and students in our fitness center.
    • Get the educational foundation you need to enter a graduate school program in an allied science field: radiological technician, physician’s assistant, occupational therapist, teacher of biomechanics or exercise physiology on the college level.
    • Prepare well to enter physical therapy school. More and more schools are designing their programs to grant the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in three years. Their graduates can teach and/or practice.
    • Be equipped to succeed as a personal trainer or owner of a fitness center.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Complete an internship in exercise science with such companies and organizations as:

    • Accelerated Rehab PT Center, Bourbonnais
    • Athletic and Therapeutic Institute, Bourbonnais
    • Jojo Sayson’s Performance PT, Bourbonnais
    • Marian PT, Manteno, Ill.
    • Provena St. Mary’s , Bourbonnais
    • Riverside Rehab Services, Kankakee, Ill.
    • River Valley PT Spine and Joint, Bradley, Ill.
    • Riverside Hospital, Kankakee
    • OAK, Bourbonnais
    • Easter Seals
    • YMCA, Kankakee
    • Velocity Sports Performance, Tinley Park, Ill.

    Design and complete a senior project. One of our most popular projects has been working with a volunteer faculty or staff members as his/her personal trainer for six weeks. Examples of projects include:

    • Comparison of rehab experiences for patients with same injury/surgery
    • Creation of SOP or Protocol Procedures for specific patient injuries
    • Group exercise instruction at YMCA


    A career based in exercise science may be for you if you:

    • enjoy being physically active
    • play sports or work out regularly
    • have a strong interest in how the body works and how to keep it working at its best
    • are comfortable working one-on-one with people
    • do well in motivating others to do better

    Job growth in this field will continue because of the aging population of “baby boomers,” and their interest in fitness and health.

    Possible careers include: group exercise instructor, biomechanist, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, sports nutritionist, fitness director, exercise physiologist, occupational physiologist, personal trainer, physical therapist, occupational therapist, professor, researcher, strength and conditioning coach, fitness specialist, fitness instructor, lifestyle coach, fitness center technician

    Exercise Science is part of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Professional Studies