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Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Why Exercise Science?

A bachelor of science in exercise science provides an excellent academic foundation for students choosing to pursue graduate and professional degrees in a wide array of health careers, such as exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine and athletic training. Because these fields require post-baccalaureate degrees, students will need to take additional pre-requisites as appropriate for their field of interest. Students who choose to not pursue a post-baccalaureate degree can pursue a career as a personal trainer, wellness coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, or in corporate wellness.

Exercise Science at SIUE

The exercise science program at SIUE provides students with a solid academic foundation in anatomy, physiology and chemistry in support of cutting-edge courses in applied exercise science and rehabilitation. Students are required to take major courses including functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise assessment and prescription, and exercise physiology. The program is structured to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and abilities that are critical in the growing fields of health, fitness, medicine and rehabilitation.

Career Outlook

Upon graduation, students are equipped to work in a variety of professional settings including community recreational agencies, health-related clinics and hospitals, and corporate and sport industries. The major also provides an excellent foundation for those choosing to pursue advanced education in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other fields related to exercise and health science.


Michelle Cathorall, DrPh
2013, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

David Cluphf, Ed.D.
1999, West Virginia University

Brianne Guilford, Ph.D.
2013, University of Kansas

Dayna Henry, Ph.D.
2010, Indiana University

Erik Kirk, Ph.D.
2004, University of Kansas

Nicole Klein, Ph.D.
1995, University of Texas - Austin

Curt Lox (Chair), Ph.D.
1994, University of Illinois

Bryan Smith, Ph.D.
2004, Univeristy of Missouri - Columbia

Lindsay Ross-Stewart, Ph.D.
2009, University of North Dakota

Joshua Wooten, Ph.D.
2008, Texas Woman's University

Huaibo Xin, DrPH
2011, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Faculty listing current as of May 2013

Kinesiology and Health Education Programs at SIUE

Undergraduate Programs
• Health Education
• Exercise Science

Graduate Programs
• Exercise Physiology
• Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
• Sport and Exercise Behavior


Dr. Erik Kirk
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
Campus Box 1126, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1126
Phone: (618) 650‑2718

Sample Curriculum >>

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