Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science in Education
School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
College of Education and Human Development

The Exercise Science major in the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies is an undergraduate degree program that prepares students to become exercise specialists or to pursue advanced study in a health science field.

Career Opportunities

Exercise Science is a broad based major with two specializations:


All students in the Exercise Science major complete courses in human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, nutrition, and sport or exercise psychology.

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the Exercise Science major are expected to:

Field Experiences

The Exercise Science major provides outstanding field experiences for students. All students, regardless of their specialization, participate in a practicum (9-15 hours per week for 15 weeks). Exercise Programming students complete internships (40 hours per week for 15 weeks) in hospitals, corporate fitness centers, and strength and conditioning training facilities. Students in the Exercise Programming specialization also complete professional or exercise physiology-related projects, case studies, and professional portfolios. Human Movement students work in small groups with a faculty mentor to complete research projects investigating constraints on a variety of motor skills. Students also take advantage of opportunities to study abroad.


The Exercise Science students attend classes and laboratories in the Gertrude M. Eppler Complex with fully-equipped classrooms, large gymnasia, and up-to-date exercise science laboratories.

The Exercise Physiology Laboratory is used for instruction and research in exercise physiology and fitness testing. Students use computer-controlled treadmills and bicycle ergometers along with a metabolic cart to study and measure the energy costs of activities and to determine aerobic capacity. Body composition analysis can be done using an underwater weighing tank, a Bod Pod or a Bioimpedence analyzer.

The Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Laboratory is a state of the art teaching and research facility equipped with a 10-camera all digital motion capture system, two AMTI force platforms, an eight channel telemetered Noraxon EMG system and a TekScan Foot Pressure Mat System. These pieces of equipment allow students to learn different methods of how to analyze human human movement using videography and study computer models of actual movement patterns.

The College of Education and Human Development’s Technology and Resource Center provides audio-visual equipment, networked computers, laser printing, scanners, and a wide variety of application and educational software.

Student Activities

Exercise Science students are encouraged to join the Kinesiology Club and begin professional involvement by becoming student members of professional organizations:

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Program of Study

Every student’s academic program and needs are different. Individual programs will vary depending on electives chosen and high school preparation. Courses are chosen from an approved list in order to broaden the student’s professional preparation. For specific Exercise Science program requirements, please check the undergraduate catalog on-line at

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Exercise Science, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: