Exercise Science

David Lantis - Exercise Science

Exercise Science is now part of the College of Nursing and Health Professions

Exercise Science is the study of behavioral, nutritional, physiological, psychological, and functional adaptations to movement, physical activity, exercise, sport, and athletic performance. You will gain a detailed understanding of the physiologic response to exercise. You will have academic and active learning experiences that will teach you to design and implement exercise programs for a wide breadth of populations.

Starting in Fall of 2024, exercise science will have two concentrations: fitness and human performance and a pre-health professions concentration. The pre-health professions concentration will prepare students for graduate school in occupational therapy and physical therapy.

An exercise science degree can lead to a variety of careers.  Our students have gone on to work as:

  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Athletic Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Ergonomist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Coach
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Healthcare Aide
  • Health Care Consultant
  • Kinesiologist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Orthopedic Technician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physiologist
  • Physical therapist


All students will follow the required Exercise Science major (including general education requirements) and then complete the remaining credits in their chosen concentration.

Exercise Science Major

Course Course Description Credits
CORE 110 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
CORE 115 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition 3 Cr.
THEO 300 Any 300-Level Course 3 Cr.
WIC Writing Intensive Course 3 Cr.
Cultural Diversity 3 Cr.
Humanities (2 courses) 6 Cr.
Social Science (2 courses) 6 Cr.
BIO 151 + Lab Anatomy & Physiology 4 Cr.
BIO 152 + Lab Anatomy & Physiology 4 Cr.
MATH 124 or
Quantitative Analysis 4 Cr.
XS 101 Wellness & Stress 1 Cr.
XS 151 Introduction to Exercise Science 1 Cr.
XS 250 Medical Terminology 3 Cr.
XS 277 Physiology of Exercise 2+2, 3 Cr.
XS 340 Motor Learning 3 Cr.
XS 370 Kinesiology 2+2, 3 Cr.
XS 372 Biomechanics 3 Cr.
XS 387 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 2+2, 3 Cr.
XS 415 Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport 3 Cr.
XS 450 Certified Personal Trainer 2+2, 3 Cr.
XS 477 Advanced Physiology of Exercise 3 Cr.
Additional Required Courses
HS 203 Human Health & Disease 3 Cr.
HS 440 Exercise & Chronic Conditions 3 Cr.
BIO 260 Human Nutrition 3 Cr.
PSY 110 General Psychology 3 Cr.
PSY 201 Statistical Methods 3 Cr.
PSY 215 Lifespan Development 3 Cr.
SPMNT 310 Psychology of Sport 3 Cr.


Each student will choose either the  Fitness & Human Performance Concentration or the Pre-Health Professions Concentration to complete the Exercise Science degree.



Peixing Jiang

Dr. Peixing Jiang, Ed.D. Program Director peixing.jiang@valpo.edu 219.464.6667

Jennifer Smolnicky

Jennifer Smolnicky Academic Advisor jennifer.smolnicky@valpo.edu 219.464.6335