Exercise Science

About the exercise science major

Exercise science is the study of human movement and the associated functional responses and adaptations. In this context, an exercise scientist must understand the scientific basis underlying exercise-induced physiological responses.

The field of exercise science involves disciplines ranging from the study of how organ systems work at the cellular level when confronted with disease to improving the biomechanical efficiency of an employee working on an assembly line.

Skills and abilities this major develops: knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, communication skills, ability to analyze and problem solve, understanding of diversity, and principles of scientific research.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Basic electrocardiogram for exercise sciences
  • Biomechanics
  • Fitness testing and interpretation
  • Nutrition for health
  • Structural kinesiology

Possible careers

  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical therapist*
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Wellness coach

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Ascension Health
  • Franciscan Health
  • HealthFitness
  • Hendricks Regional Health
  • National Academy for Sports Medicine
  • National Institute for Fitness and Sport
  • YMCA

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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