BS Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Recreation & Leisure Studies with a concentration in Exercise Science program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assess, evaluate, prescribe exercise, and design exercise programs for a variety of population settings. Content areas of study include Nutrition, Exercise Testing & Prescription, Strength & Conditioning Techniques, Physiology of Exercise, Kinesiology, Test & Measures of Exercise, and a 480-hour internship in the setting of your chosen profession.

Key Program Features

Demonstrate the knowledge of skills and abilities to assess, evaluate, prescribe exercise, and design exercise programs for a variety of population settings

Program Details

UMO offers a competitive and nationally recognized exercise science curriculum. The curriculum is aligned with the knowledge, skills, and ability requirements set by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Each student will experience the field of Exercise Science through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on skill training in our Exercise Science lab, and fieldwork with live clients, conducting exercise prescription and personal training, as well as internship experiences. Upon completion of the Exercise Science Program, our students are qualified to work in entry level and above positions within the field of Exercise Science.

Students are prepared and encouraged to sit for a national certification from the American College of Sports Medicine and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The Exercise Science curriculum provides the necessary knowledge to satisfy entrance into the certification process.

UMO Recreation and Leisure Studies students have the possibility to earn two separate scholarships during their tenure with the University. The RLS department recognizes annually The Most Outstanding Senior and The Most Promising Underclassman. These students are awarded a $500 scholarship to be used towards tuition expenses.

  • Coaching
  • Sport Psychology

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Foundation Course (3SH)

  • PED 141 Introduction to Exercise Science

Core (19SH)

  • RLS 201 Intro to Research & Writing in RLS
  • RLS 230, 231, 232 Field Training
  • RLS 310 History & Philosophy of Rec/Leisure
  • RLS 320 Program Planning & Leadership
  • RLS 400 Research Methods OR
  • CJC/SOC 401 Research Methods for Social Science
  • RLS 420 Management of Recreation & Leisure
  • RLS 430 Senior Seminar

Professional Emphasis (37SH)

  • BIO 252/252L Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • HLH 310 Nutrition
  • PED 342 Exercise Testing/Prescription Healthy Pops
  • PED 343 Exercise Testing/Prescription Special Pops
  • PED 345 Strength & Conditioning Techniques
  • PED 374 Physiology of Exercise
  • PED 375 Kinesiology
  • PED 400 Test & Measures of Exercise
  • RLS 499 Internship in Exercise Science

Choose 9SH from the following:

  • RLS 200 Foundations of Recreational Therapy
  • HLH 211 Medical Terminology
  • HLH 320 Nutrition for Sports and Performance
  • PED 310 Sport Psychology
  • RLS 325 RT Interventions & Techniques
  • RLS 330 Developing Recreation & Athletic Facilities
  • PED 340 Motor Learning
  • PED 341 Motor Development
  • RLS 371 Care and Prevention of Sports Inquiries
  • RLS 415 Legal Liability in Rec & Sport
  • Clinical: Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Specialist, Pediatric Exercise Physiologist, Researcher, and many more
  • Corporate Fitness: Health Fitness Specialist, Fitness Specialist, Corporate Fitness Manager, Fitness Coach, Group Fitness Instructor, Wellness Program Director, and many more.
  • Sports Medicine: Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sports Consultant, and many more.