Want to learn about exercise physiology, metabolism, body composition, and biomechanics? And to understand how dysfunction in metabolic and cardiovascular systems can contribute to the progression of disease? Consider earning a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science.


Students in this concentration take courses in human anatomy, human physiology, chemistry, physics, weight training, aerobics, exercise testing and prescription, nutrition and physical activity, and more.


All students pursing a concentration in exercise science must complete a one-semester internship, typically in the second half of their senior year. The responsibility to identify an internship site lies with the student but Faculty will work one-on-one with the student to help direct them to internship sites that are best suited to their interests and career goals. For example, students in exercise science have interned at sites that help prepare them for careers in health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, and research. Examples of internship sites include hospitals (Children's of Alabama and St. Vincent's), research with a professor at UAB, and Physical Therapy Clinics (Benchmark PT, Therapy South, and Drayer Physical Therapy Institute).

Department of Human Studies Honors Program

High-achieving students in the exercise science concentration with an overall GPA of 3.5 or greater have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor in order to complete either a research or a civic engagement honors project. Interested students should secure a faculty mentor and identify a project during their junior year.

Graduate Studies and Career Opportunities

The kinesiology degree with a concentration in exercise science prepares students for employment in clinical settings in the areas of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, and electrophysiology and in non-clinical settings as exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches; for graduate study in the exercise science sub-disciplines of biomechanics, metabolism, and sports performance; and for entry into health-related professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, athletic training, dietetics, nursing, and medicine.

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Exercise Science Faculty

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If you have questions, please contact:

Vonetta Hardy
Undergraduate Advisor
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