Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and minor in Exercise Science is for the student interested in personal well-being, as it relates to exercise and nutrition.

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 nutrition and exercise have on the body. Understand injury and illness prevention and ways to help people cope with their injuries. Find new strategies to help people overcome their excuses and fears relating to fitness.


Olivet’s exercise science program requires that students complete an internship at a local hospital, health club, rehab center or therapeutic institute. Students will also design and complete a senior project, including putting together and implementing a unique, six-week work out plan for a volunteer faculty or staff member.

Program Highlights:

At Olivet, students will study:

  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Personal training

Students also benefit from the hands-on, experiential approach that this program takes. They get experience by working with athletes, faculty, staff and students in the fitness center, swimming pools, and field house and build the educational foundation needed to enter a graduate school program for a career as a physical therapist, radiological technician, physician’s assistant, occupational therapist or teacher of biomechanics or exercise physiology on the college level.


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Possible Careers After Graduation

  • Activity specialist
  • Aerobics instructor
  • Athletic director
  • Athletic scout
  • Athletic therapist
  • Camp director
  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
  • Coach
  • Physical therapist

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