The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in the four principle fitness sectors of sport, industry, health and education. The program culminates in an internship experience allowing students to apply their knowledge of exercise science and physiology in a professional setting working with clients and a research seminar in which the student designs an exercise program for an identified population.
- Effectively communicate content related to the field of exercise science in oral and written formats to appropriate clientele. (GELO I)
- Apply scientific principles/theories of healthy behavior to prescribe exercise as a therapeutic and preventive modality. (GELO II and V)
- Produce solutions to problems related to responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise through the use of scientific assessment methods. (GELO II)
- Evaluate the behavioral and cultural factors that influence the adoption and maintenance of a physically active lifestyle. (GELO III)
- Articulate the ethical standards of exercise science by applying professional behavior consistent with an understanding of the societal and individual importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. (GELO IV)
- Synthesize information to design solutions for wellness concerns among individuals and communities in real world settings. (GELO V)
Why Study This Program?
The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in the four principle fitness sectors of sport, industry, health and education. Students take courses in anatomy and physiology, the biomechanics of human movement and the application of these concepts to applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation to promote a healthy lifestyle in individuals and communities.
The program culminates in an internship experience allowing students to apply their knowledge of exercise science and physiology in a professional setting working with clients and a research seminar in which the student designs an exercise program for an identified population. This theory to practice approach to learning is what distinguishes our program from other programs!
Experiences & Opportunities
Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) at Lincoln College is a state-of-the-art 1,450 sq. ft. laboratory comprised of aerobic fitness testing area, a data processing and analysis area, and a meeting space. Also, the HPL is equipped with heart rate monitors, accelerometers, and motion sensors for objective physical activity measurement. Additionally, a required internship component and senior research seminar ensure students will receive the experiential learning needed to be successful upon graduation.
Exercise Science curriculum includes strong theoretical, research, and clinical orientation that would position students well for entry into graduate and /or professional schools in the health, fitness, and human performance. Currently, eight institutions in the state of Illinois offer graduate study in the field including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment opportunities as an exercise physiologist are projected to grow by 11% between 2014 and 2024 with a median income of $47,010 per year, and athletic training positions are projected to grow by 21% during that same time period with a median income of $44,670. Moreover, the general health care and social assistance sector of employment has been projected to grow by 23% allowing greater opportunity for employment after graduation.
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science curriculum (70 hours)
Foundation Courses (24 hours – may be completed in general education) – C or better required
BIO 107 Anatomy and Physiology I (4) (pre. BIO 102)
BIO 108 Anatomy and Physiology II (4) (pre. C or better in BIO 107)
BIO 112 Nutrition (3)
CHM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry (4) (pre. College-level math placement) IAI P1.902L – or – CHM 140 General Chemistry I IAI – P1 902L
PSY 208 Developmental Psychology (3) IAI S6.902
PHY 204 College Physics I (4) (pre. C or better inMAT 125)
PER 102 First Aid and Safety (2)
Mathematics (7 hours – may be completed in general education) – C or better required
MAT 110 Elementary Statistics (3) IAI M1.902
MAT 125 Pre-Calculus (4)
Exercise Science Core Courses (33 hours) – C or better in each of the following and all prerequisites
EXS 201 Principles of Exercise (2)
EXS 205 Foundations of Exercise Science (3) (pre. BIO 108; PSY 208)
EXS 215 Kinesiology (4)-L (pre. BIO 108; PHY 204)
EXS 320 Exercise Physiology (4)-L (pre. EXS 205)
EXS 330 Principles of Resistance Training (3) (pre. EXS 201)
EXS 335 Exercise Psychology (3) (pre. PSY 208; EXS 205 or concurrent)
EXS 353 Research Methods in Exercise Science (3) (pre. MAT 110 and EXS 205)
EXS 360 Nutrition for Physical Performance (3) (pre. BIO 112; EXS 320)
EXS 390 Biomechanics of Human Movement (4)-L (pre. EXS 215)
EXS 405 Exercise Assessment and Prescription (4)-L (pre. EXS 320;330;360;390)
Senior Coursework (6 hours)
EXS 491 Exercise Science Internship (3) (pre. Lead Faculty Approval)
EXS 495 Research Seminar in Exercise Science (3) (pre. EXS 353)
- Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours
- Minimum of 30 credit hours at 300 level or above
- Final 30 hours completed at Lincoln College
- Final Lincoln College cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above
- Complete Lincoln College general education requirements (may be completed through AA or AS at Lincoln College or any regionally accredited institution)