Exercise Science Degree

Students participate in physical lab in class.

Program Description 

As a part of Rockhurst University’s exercise, sport and health science department, graduates of the exercise science program are prepared to help others achieve maximum mobility and health. The exercise science major is an excellent choice for students interested in careers in personal training, kinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical rehabilitation, exercise physiology, nursing, medicine, and corporate fitness and wellness. Students should discuss their future plans with an adviser as early as possible to ensure all graduate school prerequisites are satisfied.

A minor in exercise science is also available.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate professionally aligned content knowledge in the field of exercise science.
  • Apply expert knowledge in the field of exercise science to relevant case studies.
  • Analyze research in the field and sub-fields of exercise science.
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions aligned with Rockhurst's Jesuit values in their capstone course field experiences.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


Every exercise science major engages in the exercise science practicum. Through this hands-on experience, students work under the direct supervision of a practicing professional – an invaluable opportunity to put coursework to use, learn new skills and make professional connections in preparation for a successful career.


  • Graduate school in fields such as
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Biomechanics
    • Public Health
    • Med School
    • Chiropractic School
  • Personal Trainer
  • Rehab, OT or PT Technician
  • Wellness Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Cardiac Rehab Exercise Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Behavioral Health Consultant
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator