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Through the Exercise Science major at Lenoir-Rhyne University, students study the scientific aspects of human movement. The exercise science curriculum builds on a basic science foundation to expand student 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.

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. Students gain extensive experience working in the laboratory which features the latest equipment for therapy and diagnostics utilized in the field of Exercise Science.

Qualified students interested in continuing their education through graduate study can easily matriculate into Lenoir-Rhyne’s Master of Science in Exercise Science program. The curriculum prepares students for national certification with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) or the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Through LR’s innovative Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, students are able to complete their graduate degrees in shorter time and at significantly less expense.



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 both theoretical and practical challenges for the student. Similarly, research opportunities exist for Exercise Science students working with their faculty mentors. Finally, through partnership with LR’s Solmaz Institute, students have opportunities to investigate issues regarding nutrition, exercise, and childhood obesity.


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 students excellent preparation for pursuing a graduate degree in exercise science or another health-related area.


At LR, Exercise Science major earns a BS degree. Related minors are also available in Exercise Science, Health, Sports Studies, and Health and Physical Education.

Exercise Science Major Requirements

Program Contact

Dr. Alex Koch

Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
Hickory Campus

Alona Forney

Administrative Assistant, McCrorie Center
Hickory Campus