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Exercise Science

Train for a Career in Health and Fitness

Fitness isn’t just for athletes. Physical activity is a key component of mental and physical wellness for everybody. 

An exercise science degree gives broad exposure to courses in fitness, health, nutrition, motor control and movement science, exercise physiology and the psychology of sports and exercise. 

Leverage our Fitness Community to Find Internships and Field Experiences

At Urbana, you’ll have access to exercise science faculty members who are eager to share the breadth of their experience with you. Urbana is great at applied exercise science and regularly receives referrals from other schools. It’s a rigorous program and you’ll be challenged.

Our Exercise Science students learn fundamentals and then apply them in real world experiences by training faculty, staff and students at our health and wellness centers. Moreover, our internship program is the conduit for students to gain valuable experiential learning leading to industry exposure and employment. 


Study Exercise Science for a Rewarding Health and Fitness Career 

With the aging population and concerns over health, nutrition and disease pervading society, exercise science professionals inspire, motivate and equip people to work toward wellness.

An Exercise Science degree prepares students for work as instructors, directors and trainers in hospitals, corporate fitness centers, rehabilitation programs, community recreation centers, health clubs, gyms, fitness centers and even geriatric facilities. Other pathways point to sales or management positions with corporations focused on sports nutrition, weight control, fitness equipment, fitness apparel and footwear. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Evaluate physiological status of client using tests of cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and body composition. The graduate will be able to explain to clients’ processes and behaviors for changing physiological status.

  2. The graduate will be able to analyze clients’ ability to move, design programs for modifying movement profiles.

  3. The graduates will be able to identify different behavioral change techniques, choose appropriate behavioral change strategies.

  4. The graduates will be able to describe and locate different types of technology that can be used for assessment and communication of important physiological and physical literacy characteristics.

  5. The graduate will be able to define the scientific process, describe its application to the science of exercise.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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