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Bachelor of Science

Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Exercise Science is a broad-reaching degree that prepares students for various health-sciences careers related to health, movement, performance, and rehabilitation. The program builds the foundational scientific background and practical, professional skills necessary to succeed in dynamic performance or health-care environments, as well as to pursue graduate studies or professional advancement in exercise-science/physiology or allied health fields.

Potential career pathways include:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach/Specialist
  • Sports Scientist
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Human Performance Specialist/Physiologist
  • High-level Personal Training
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

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Throughout the curriculum, exercise science students will build a scientific understanding of why and how exercise is beneficial to health, as well as how use this knowledge to improve quality of life and reduce disease.  Additionally, a foundational understanding is developed on how to work productively with performance-oriented populations.  Towards building this knowledge base, exercise scientists will study exercise nutrition, strength and conditioning, kinesiology, exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, exercise prescription, and more.


Storm Track - E.S.         Storm Track - Pre-OT        

Storm Track - Pre-PA        Storm Track - Pre-PT


Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

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Student Experience

Student Experience
Exercise Science Students

Lab experiences provide hands-on learning and practical skills, while off-campus field hours build real-world experience and bolster preparation for employment or graduate schools.

Field Experience

Exercise Science students complete both a practicum and an internship as part of their in-major credit hours.  These programs gain our students the opportunity for significant on-the-job experience, helping them mold career goals, build professional networks, and gain a significant competitive edge when applying for job positions or graduate schools.

Practicum is typically completed sometime during the junior year, with 165 field-experience hours at a location of the student’s choosing and advisor’s approval.  The student can select the area of interest (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, etc.) and the facility for the experience. This gives students the opportunity to consider whether or not it is indeed the area they want to pursue. 

The Internship is intended to be taken the last semester before graduation, and entails 495 hours in the field.  Ideally, students will have refined their goals somewhat during practicum and the following courses, and during internship will be able to gain a significant number of experience hours in the field of their choice. 

Common Internship and Practicum locations include:

  • Phoebe Hospital Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Magnolia Manor Nursing Center
  • Private PT clinics
  • Collegiate strength and conditioning programs
  • GSW or other Athletic Training programs
  • K-12 Occupational Therapy

Practicum / Internship Requirements

Approval of Site

Meet with your faculty adviser for approval of your site choice.  It is strongly suggested that you start this process at least 5-6 months prior to the time you intend to start your practicum or internship.

Clinical Initiation

Bring in your signed Clinical Initiation Form to the Clinical Service Manager (CSM).
See Mrs. Tiffany Battle (Clinical Service Manager) in College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Room 134

Deadlines for submitting Clinical Initiation Form
  • October 1 for Spring Semester (August 15th, if a contract is not already in place)
  • March 1 for Summer Semester (January 15th, if a contract is not already in place)
  • June 1 for Fall Semester (April 15th, if a contract is not already in place)

Completion of Clearance Requirements

The Clinical Service Manager will determine the credentialing requirements (eg. drug test, CPR certification, immunizations, etc.) of the chosen agency and notify the student of requirements and if application to ACEMAPP is needed:

  • If ACEMAPP is required student will submit requirements via ACEMAPP prior to deadline
  • If ACEMAPP is not required student will submit requirements to CSM prior to deadline

All students, regardless of chosen facility, must maintain liability insurance during their Field Experience. The semester prior to the internship/practicum, students should access the insurance site at, then click on "get a quote", then click on "Student or Recent Graduates", then click on "student" on the “start your quote” page. Students need to be prepared to pay with a debit or credit card that has their name on the card and insurance proof is available within 24 hours. If the student is not prepared to pay in this manner, they must download the paper copy and submit as instructed which may take up to two weeks to process.

All clearancing through the Clinical Service Manager must be complete before the student begins accruing hours at their facility.  Students will typically not be registered for the practicum/internship courses until their clearance requirements have been met.

The exercise science program at GSW helped me tremendously by allowing me to learn the fundamental principles of human health and performance. As I enter into my first year of chiropractic school, I find myself constantly referring back to material from classes such as exercise physiology, kinesiology, and nutrition. The E.S. program is extremely rewarding because you will learn and apply information that will ultimately improve the health and well-being of others!

Lane Odom BS in Exercise Science '21
Palmer College of Chiropractic