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Exercise Science majors have a passion for wellness and nutrition.

Exercise Science


Running the Path That’s Right for You

With a passion for human health, Taylor’s Exercise Science majors learn how physical activity and proper nutrition can improve holistic health and human performance—mind, body, and soul.

As an Exercise Science major, you will take chemistry, biology, and anatomy and physiology courses to learn how the body adapts acutely and chronically to exercise. Classes in fitness and performance assessment will teach you proper techniques to determine an individual’s health risks and needs and the best exercise prescriptions and nutritional regimes. Every Exercise Science major chooses one of two tracts: Pre-Allied Health or Health Science and Human Performance.

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Exercise Science Research Opportunities

Exercise Science majors propose and conduct interdisciplinary research with professional-grade equipment in the Human Performance Laboratory and Eichling Aquatics Wing as well as in our local communities. Students present their research at local and international conferences, such as the annual Experimental Biology conference or the Midwestern American College of Sports Medicine conference.

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Pre-Allied Health Concentration

Are you planning for a medical career? Dive into the medical applications of human physiology, exercise, and nutrition while preparing for graduate school or post-graduate careers in an allied health field (for example, physical therapy, nurse practitioner, or pharmacy). Students in this track have numerous opportunities to do hands-on service learning including clinical work in our diabetes prevention program, Live Well pediatric weight management program, cardiac rehabilitation, and paid personal training.

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Health Science and Human Performance Concentration

Do you want to help others improve their health, fitness, and performance? This track includes study of exercise techniques, fitness assessment, nutritional therapy, and pharmacotherapy. You can put your skills to the test by training adults in the Fit into Health fitness program or leading fitness classes for senior citizens through our Life Independent through Exercise program.

Sara Malliet
Class of 2019
"My professors at Taylor taught me the importance of and meaning behind work. In one of my Exercise Science classes, we read Dorothy Sayers' essay entitled "Why Work?". In it, Sayers writes, 'If work is to find its right place in the world, it is the duty of the Church to see to it that the work serves God, and that the worker serves the work.' I came to realize that no matter what career path I would follow, I wanted my work to ultimately serve God."

Exercise Science Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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