Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

Help athletes achieve greatness with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science.

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program goes beyond the in-game action of athletics by providing in-depth exposure to the scientific basis of physical activity, exercise, and sport. The program is more than just about weights and workouts: we connect students to a growing field with a vast range of career options related to fitness, health, and wellness.

Our BS in Exercise and Sport Science program allows students to engage in multiple professional development activities beginning in their freshman year, helping them identify and prepare for their desired career. Those in the program connect with current professionals in their first year. Students then advance to shadow them in their workplace. This culminates with a practicum in a setting of the student’s choice during their senior year. Throughout the program, students receive hands-on training and are taught how to think critically about fitness and wellness.

Learn how to help individuals get healthier and athletes improve their performance

Teri Durkin, Academic Advisor in Allied Health, explains the role of an academic advisor and the exercise and sport science program (ESS). She explains the goal and outcomes of the program and how students are prepared for a wide variety of careers. Ms. Durkin breaks down the outcomes and the different options and populations that you can work with in the field of exercise and sport science.

“The faculty, staff, and classmates in the Exercise and Sport Science program at Marian University have provided me with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in my future career as an occupational therapist. The small community and class sizes maximized my overall learning and academic/professional opportunities throughout my time in the program.”

Rachel MerenessMay 2022 Marian University graduate in ESS

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science Curriculum

The flexible curriculum of the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program allows students to tailor their education to their own unique professional goals. Each student, with support from faculty and their advisor, identifies individualized learning outcomes and creates a plan of study to fulfill these outcomes. Students’ plans of study include courses and extracurricular activities; these plans are constantly monitored to ensure the optimal educational experience for each student.

Your experience in the  Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program will be characterized by personal attention with expert faculty and hands-on learning opportunities.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Exercise and sports science majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Nutrition and metabolism
  • Bioethics
  • Exercise prescription
  • Health, exercise, and sport assessment
  • Prevention, care, and treatment of athletic injuries

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of physiological, biomechanical, age, and gender differences that influence exercise physiology and exercise testing in practice.
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice research into clinical decision making.
  • Translate ethical issues into responsible actions in the exercise and sport science field.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills that is sensitive to all clients.
  • Create/modify programs to address special client population and individual needs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current technologies and their application in exercise science.
  • Model professional conduct and behavior.

Professional Standards

Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) is a fast-growing field with many exciting professional opportunities. Individuals in the field, work to promote physical activity and/or enhance performance in sport. Careers within the field include strength and conditioning coach, wellness director, and exercise physiologist. The BS in Exercise and Sport Science program is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the physical, social, and psychological components of exercise and sport. Graduates will be able to apply these attributes to a number of potential careers, as well as graduate programs in ESS fields such as athletic training, sport and exercise psychology, and physical therapy.

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program is designed to offer you the best possible preparation for careers in fitness, sport, and wellness. As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared for a fulfilling career in a wide range of settings in both the private and public sectors, in a field that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will grow nearly 20 percent over the next five years.

Exercise and Sport Science students have completed internships at sites across Fond du Lac and the Fox Valley. Examples include:


Rehab Arisces

Agnesian Healthcare

At Marian University, care and compassion for others is at the heart of our legacy, especially in the sciences. You’ll find faculty who bring experience and a strong passion for a personal teaching experience that’s hard to match. With more than 100 years of educating future healthcare professionals, you’ll find that employers throughout the region look to Marian for health and wellness professionals who are inspired to succeed.

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program are required to complete all course work with a 2.0 GPA average.