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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

If you are interested in the relationship among physical activity, weight control, disease prevention, stress management and nutrition for optimal health and performance, choose to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (EXS). This degree program in the Department of Human Movement Science offers the Pre-physical Therapy academic concentration, the unique Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies (OPA) specialization, minors in Exercise Science and Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies, and a broad range of elective courses. And with the Exercise Science combined program, earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in approximately five years.


At Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences, explore your passion for physical fitness and human movement. Gain hands-on experience. Enable exercise in diverse populations. Impact your community. Conduct meaningful research. The innovative Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program builds an ideal foundation for a career or a graduate degree in fields such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, sports, athletics, fitness and many others. Learn more at oakland.edu/shs.


Course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog (see Curricular Requirements).

The exercise science degree provides a strong foundation through practicum, research and laboratory experiences. When graduating with this degree, you will be prepared for positions in the field and for competitive graduate degree programs such as the Oakland University Master of Science in Exercise Science (MS). The Pre-physical Therapy concentration is designed to prepare students for the traditional application requirements for the Oakland University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), while the Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies specialization prepares you for immediate employment under a orthotist/prosthetist.

For a copy of the EXS 4960 Practicum Handbook, please contact Terry Dibble or Denae May.

EXS Minor
A 20-credit minor in Exercise Science is available to students in any major, other than the exercise science major. For more information, visit the EXS Minor page of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Pre-physical Therapy Concentration
Students who want to prepare to apply for graduate programs in physical therapy may pursue the B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Pre-physical Therapy. For course requirements, visit the Pre-physical Therapy Concentration page of the Undergraduate Catalog.

The B.S. in Exercise Science degree is excellent preparation for graduate programs in various clinical occupations (P.T., O.T., M.D.) or immediate employment. The exercise science industry is expected to grow over the next decade to serve aging populations and the increased interest in healthy living. There’s high demand for exercise science professionals to work in physical therapy, fitness training, health education, or with patients recovering from surgery, cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.

Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 19% from 2021 to 2031, significantly faster than the average for all occupations. The BLS also reports that employment of exercise physiologists is estimated to increase 9% for the same time period, and employment of recreational therapists, who plan, direct and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries or illnesses, is projected to grow 4%.


Dr. Daniel Goble
Associate Professor and Director
Exercise Science
1015 Human Health Building
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