Here in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Jacksonville University, we're building exciting careers through "Education in Motion". In today’s job market, approximately 60% of Exercise Science graduates will continue their education in graduate school in order to be competitive and more marketable to employers in this evolving and highly diverse field. For those who choose to enter the professional field directly after graduation, entry-level jobs are available that, in most cases but not all, require further certification from an accredited professional organization.
The core courses in the Exercise Science discipline provide a broad foundation of human movement study for students to build upon and then progress to a collection of more specific courses that emphasize the diverse nature of the field. Along with the opportunity to acquire all the needed prerequisites for graduate and/or professional school, students will encounter a strong foundation of science courses that integrates hands-on applications applying theory into practice. Students complete their program with a capstone internship experience in various health, sport, fitness or rehabilitation related markets.
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science will be prepared to enter the work industry at a variety of levels including community, scholastic, collegiate and professional positions. Career opportunities in the Exercise Science discipline range from health promotion, sports medicine and rehabilitative science to coaching, strength and conditioning consulting, personal training, sport strength and conditioning and exercise psychology. Upon graduation, students are strongly encouraged to seek professional certification through the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association to enhance their opportunities for employment.
Due to the diverse nature of the Exercise Science field, it is highly recommended that before you register for courses within the Exercise Science Program you speak to one of our knowledgeable faculty members to help better guide your own individual program of study.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Dr. Chris Robertson, Chair