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Health and Exercise Science Major

Impact your community’s health & wellness

The major in health and exercise science can prepare you for a variety of careers. Whether you want to focus on health promotion, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, kinesiology or research, your degree in health and exercise science can give you the options you need to develop the career of your choosing or pursue graduate study.

What to Expect

Experiences that will help shape the health and well-being of children, adolescents and adults

48 credit hour major that provides you flexibility based on your career goals 


You’ll take courses that teach you how the human body functions and sometimes breaks-down.  Classes like nutrition, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and health/sports psychology form the core of the major that prepares graduates to impact the health and wellness of individuals and communities.

Gain hands-on experiences through labs and practicums

Prepare for an immediate career or entrance to graduate school

Learn from professionals who have had careers in the field they teach

Required Courses Meet the Faculty

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Master of Science in Athletic Training

Develop your skills in athletic training, and see what rigorous preparation can do for your career. Through our MSAT program, you’ll delve deeply into the profession, gaining real-world experience on campus and at a variety of clinical sites.

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Coaching Minor

Enhance the value of your degree with our coaching minor which is accredited by the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). Qualified graduates with a coaching minor are guaranteed one of three reserved spots in Randolph College’s Master of Arts in Coaching and Sports Leadership (MACSL).

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Pursue careers in health promotion, kinesiology, research, strength and conditioning, and more. 

  • Adapted Physical Education Supervisor
  • Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Physician (MD or DO)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Principal
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Sports League Manager
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Teacher

Chart your path

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in a variety of Health and Human Sciences fields on the Career and Professional Resources page

Health and Human Services Certifications

Completing a major within the department of health and human sciences can lead to preparation for a number of certifications. Below is a list of certifications that you may be qualified to test for upon graduation with a degree in the areas of health and human sciences. 

410 W Michigan Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3233
Phone: (317) 637-9200
Fax: (317) 634-7817

There are two tracks to certification within the American College of Sports Medicine. The first track is designed for persons who expect working with apparently healthy individuals who exercise for health maintenance. There are 3 certifications within the Health & Fitness Track. The second track is primarily for individuals aspiring to work with participants who have a history of cardiac, pulmonary or other chronic disease. This Clinical Track has two potential certifications.

Health & Fitness Track

  • ACSM Group Exercise Leader
  • ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor
  • ACSM Health/Fitness Director

Clinical Track

  • ACSM Exercise Specialist
  • ACSM Program Director

5820 Oberlin Drive, Suite 102
San Diego, California 92121-3787
Phone: (800) 825-3636
Fax: (858) 535-1778

The American Council on Exercise started certification processes more than 15 years ago to ensure some standardization of fitness professionals knowledge. After a review seminar, an athletic training graduate will meet the qualifications for sitting for the following exams from ACE:

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • ACE Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification
  • ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant
  • ACE Personal Training Certification

4223 South 143rd Circle
Omaha, Nebraska 68137
Phone: (402) 559-0091
Fax: (402) 561-0598

Athletic training majors usually sit for the Board of Certification Examination in April of their graduation year. Upon successful completion and fulfillment of graduation requirements, you will be a certified athletic trainer.

1955 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
Phone: (800) 815-6826
Fax: (719) 632-6367

The National Strength & Conditioning Association offers the only nationally accredited fitness certifications in the industry. Athletic training majors are eligible to sit for either of the two certifications offered by NSCA upon graduation.

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Donna Hoskins, Department Chair