The Exercise Science program is a scientifically based program designed to prepare competent entry-level Exercise Science professionals in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (abilities) learning domains. The Exercise Science program offers a diversified program that includes both introductory and advanced coursework, laboratory experiences and the opportunity for practical application of knowledge through community and research-based experiences. The program can also be used as pre-professional preparation for postgraduate study in exercise science or other health-related disciplines including physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical programs. The Exercise Science program is designed to prepare students for appropriate professional certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Associate and International Society for Sports Nutrition. For information regarding program admission, please contact the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services Advising Center at https://wellstarcollege.kennesaw.edu/advising.
The B.S. in Exercise Science at Kennesaw State University is an academic program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) evaluated by the Committee on the Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) which establishes standards and guidelines for academic programs. This distinction recognizes the rigor of our curriculum designed to comprehensively prepare students to practically apply knowledge and skills through critical thinking. Maintaining accreditation requires assessment of program and student learning outcomes to ensure successful preparation for the current industry needs.
The B.S. Exercise Science program is also recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP). The NSCA (ERP) recognizes and distinguishes programs with approved and standardized strength and conditioning curriculum. Recognized programs are designed to prepare students for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification.
Upon successful completion of the program students will have met the academic requirements necessary to sit for an examination for a nationally recognized certification in exercise science.
Program Outcomes - 2022-2023
- Culminating Experience Pass Rate: 100%
- National Certification Exam Pass Rate: 100%
- Employer Satisfaction Rate: 94%
- Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 90%
- Enrollment (Fall 2022): 1139 students (795 Exercise Science Interests, 344 Exercise Science Majors)
- Exercise Science Major Retention Rate: 88.9%
(Defined as declared majors Fall 2022 who returned Spring 2023 or graduated in Fall 2022)