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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.

Coursework

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.

Internships

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

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center
  • Children's of Alabama
  • St. Vincent's Health System

Physical Therapy Clinics

  • Benchmark Physical Therapy
  • Therapy South
  • Drayer Physical Therapy
  • Encore Rehabilitation
  • Champion Sports Medicine
  • Eskridge and White Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy

  • The Bell Center
  • United Ability
  • Bledsoe Occupational Therapy, Inc.
  • UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center’s Occupational Therapy Department

Research

  • Lakeshore Foundation
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center Physical Activity Core
  • UAB Research Laboratories

Students are required to contact the Internship Coordinator during the semester prior to their anticipated internship start date.

Learn about the Policy for Paid Internships.

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.

A number of our graduates continue their education by pursuing a master's degree in exercise physiology.

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