Get started with a fulfilling and impactful career in athletics, exercise and fitness, wellness, rehabilitation and related health positions.
Exercise science students study the scientific aspects of human movement. The exercise science curriculum builds on a basic science foundation to expand your understanding of practical and applied issues related to the human body's response to physical activity.
Courses include the study of exercise physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, sports nutrition, psychology of sport and physical activity and more.
Through course work and hands-on-experience, we will give you a foundation in science and the frameworks in practical and applied exercise science.
Alumni from our program are currently working for Division I athletic programs, Major League Baseball organizations, health care systems and for the United States military as trainers and educators.
Take the next step toward completing your B.S. in Exercise Science degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Take the next step toward completing your Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
If you are a qualified undergraduate student interested in continuing your education through graduate study, you can easily matriculate into Lenoir-Rhyne’s Master of Science in Exercise Science program.
The curriculum prepares you for national certification with the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association or the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
The exercise science program is housed in the McCrorie Center, LR’s state-of-the-art athletic and health curriculum facility. The 47,000 square foot center supports the allied health sciences and intercollegiate athletic programs and features the university's first on-site anatomy laboratory.
The McCrorie Center also houses the exercise physiology laboratory. You will gain extensive experience working in the laboratory, which features the latest equipment for therapy and diagnostics utilized in the field of exercise science.
Through a series of professional internships, exercise science majors have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working at local and regional health and fitness clubs, recreation centers, medical offices, as well as with various athletic organizations and teams – including the LR Bears.
The courses and experiences are planned to provide you with both theoretical and practical challenges. Similarly, research opportunities exist for exercise science students working with their faculty mentors.
Through partnership with LR’s Solmaz Institute, students have opportunities to investigate issues regarding nutrition, exercise, and childhood obesity.
I chose exercise science because of the many opportunities for research and graduate programs available. The possibilities are endless within this major.
LeAna Barlowe '23, Exercise Science
Graduates of the exercise science program are prepared to pursue professional careers in community fitness and wellness programming, health education and promotion, personal training, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning of athletes, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and many more.
The program also furnishes you with excellent preparation for pursuing a graduate degree in exercise science or another health-related area.
After more than two decades at LR, Dean Katie Fisher will retire at the end of May 2023. Known for her caring but firm leadership, she has influenced the culture of student life on campus and influenced individual students' lives in immeasurable ways.