Exercise Your Passion for the Health Sciences
If you are motivated to empower others through restoring physiological health or promoting overall wellness, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Michigan Tech will provide you with a strong scientific basis for developing an eye toward disease and injury prevention.
There is a critical need for health care providers trained to help people manage chronic conditions and address lifestyle-related epidemics, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The professionals on the front lines of advancing preventative care include physical therapists, chiropractors, physicians, and personal trainers.
As an exercise science major, you will attain exceptional preparation for any health or allied health career pathway. Our versatile degree supports a wide range of professional interests—from coaching people in achieving their individual fitness, nutritional, or athletic goals; to rehabilitating patients with injuries or physical conditions; to treating and preventing disease through traditional or alternative medicine; and many other career aspirations.
Fit For Your Future: Tomorrow Needs Exercise Science Professionals
Kickstart your career. There is a critical need for health care providers trained to help people manage chronic conditions and address lifestyle-related epidemics, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The professionals on the front lines of advancing preventative care include physical therapists, chiropractors, physicians, and personal trainers. A degree in exercise science from Michigan Tech opens doors. In our rigorous program—oriented toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education—you will explore the disciplines that underpin human physiology, the mechanics of human movement, motor learning, and more. And be ready for what tomorrow needs.
Pre-Health Professions Pathway for Exercise Science Majors
Approximately 70 percent of our exercise science graduates go on to a professional program in graduate education within the health sciences. Allocate your free electives to a pre-health minor and prepare for admission into health professional programs.
Exercise science majors with a pre-health minor can take advantage of many professional program partnerships. For instance, you can get your Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University right on the Michigan Tech campus. If medical school is your goal, you can get an earlier decision when you apply to Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine Early Assurance Program.
Some of the options our exercise science graduates pursue are:
- Athletic Training
- Chiropractic Medicine
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Sports Psychology
Career Opportunities for Exercise Science Majors
Approximately 30 percent of our exercise science graduates go directly into the workforce upon graduation (additional certification may be required). Some of the careers open to you with a BS in Exercise Science:
- Athletic Coaching
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Fitness Coordination
- Massage Therapy
- Medical Technology
- Personal Training
- Respiratory or Cardiopulmonary Therapy
- Sports Nutrition
Companies Hiring Michigan Tech Exercise Science Majors
This is just a sampling of companies who have hired our graduates:
- Aspirus Medical Group
- Centura Health
- Concordia University-St. Paul
- Denver Nuggets
- Detroit Red Wings
- Lake Superior State
- Mayo Clinic
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- San Diego State University
- University of Connecticut
- UP Health System
Highly motivated students can earn a master’s degree in kinesiology in as little as one additional year of study beyond a bachelor’s. Accelerated master’s students graduate prepared for various careers in kinesiology that require advanced training, such as in industry, teaching, independent research, or continued graduate work.