Exercise Science

Program Overview

The Exercise Science program at Valparaiso University is a science-based undergraduate curriculum designed to provide a background in the exercise sciences. Special emphasis is placed upon the primary disciplines of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology and motor learning. Other required curricular areas include chemistry, math, physics, physiology and psychology.

Exercise Science Curriculum

Course Cr.
Program Requirements
KIN 150 Foundations of Physical Education & Sport 3 cr.
KIN 220 Coaching Theory 2 cr.
KIN 340 Motor Learning 3 cr.
KIN 370 Kinesiology I 3 cr.
KIN 372 Kinesiology II 3 cr.
KIN 387 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription 3 cr.
KIN 410 Measurement & Evaluation 3 cr.
KIN 415 Research Methods 3 cr.
KIN 440 Physiology of Exercise 3 cr.
KIN 473 Senior Project 3 cr.
KIN 477 Advanced Physiology of Exercise 3 cr.
KIN 486 Internship 3 cr.
Additional Requirements
BIO 151 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr.
BIO 152 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 cr.
PHYS 111 Essentials of Physics 3 cr.
One of the following classes:
BIO 205 Fundamental Nutrition 3 cr.
BIO 260 Human Nutrition 3 cr.
One of the following classes:
PSY 201 Statistical Methods 4 cr.
MATH 240 Statistical Analysis 4 cr.

A minor in either Human Biology or Chemistry is also required.

Required courses for these minors are:

Course Cr.
Human Biology Minor
BIO 151 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr.
BIO 152 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 cr.
BIO 260 Human Nutrition 3 cr.
BIO Biology Electives 4 cr.
Chemistry Minor
CHEM 121 Chemistry I 4 cr.
CHEM 122 Chemistry II 4 cr.
CHEM Chemistry Electives 8 cr.


Exercise Science Careers 

The opportunities within the field of exercise science have grown dramatically in the past two decades, and will continue to grow as the discipline further develops. University research and teaching, sports medicine clinics, hospital and cardiac rehabilitation centers, corporate fitness centers, health and community fitness clubs, personal training and coaching are a few of the career opportunities exercise science graduates may choose.


For further assistance please contact

Kelly Helm, Ph.D.
Director, Exercise Science
Email: Kelly.Helm@valpo.edu