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Health and Exercise Science

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About the Health and Exercise Science Program

The Health and Exercise Science program of the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation is intended to provide students both depth and breadth of courses to prepare them for careers in the ever expanding field of health and exercise science. The program is carefully designed to provide students knowledge, skills and abilities congruent with careers in the field and tailored according to guidelines of recognized professional organizations in the field of exercise science and sports medicine. Students with a Health and Exercise Science major will earn a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree.

Why should you choose SAU’s health and exercise science program?

In recent years, SAU’s program has gained significant recognition and respect among employers and graduate schools in the region. No doubt, this is due to the cutting-edge nature of the curriculum and the abilities and successes of graduates from the program. Graduates are finding gainful employment in their field, pursuing and securing professional certifications, and are being accepted into well recognized graduate programs.

Courses, Course Descriptions and Four-Year Plan

The courses for the 45-hour health and exercise science major include such subject areas as human anatomy and physiology, principles of exercise prescription, nutrition and energy metabolism, cardiovascular function and electrophysiology, physiology of exercise and foundations of physical fitness, health and wellness.

View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the health and exercise science program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Spring Arbor graduates from the program are currently working in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, hospital-based wellness programs, and personal training. Recent graduates have pursued graduate degrees in clinical exercise physiology, physical therapy and physician’s assistant. Visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

There are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way, and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available that might interest health and exercise science students:

  • Choptober Fest (event) – So you think you can saw? Prove it at Choptober Fest, a time for manliness and brute strength to have their day. Participate in an assortment of lumber jack and highlander games where it’s survival of the fittest. The event is hosted by the Ogle Villages.
  • Relay for Life (event) – After cancer hit home for SAU students when a beloved chaplain and SAU student were diagnosed with the deadly disease, Spring Arbor students and staff banded together to organize a Relay for Life event on Spring Arbor’s athletic track. This annual event now takes place every spring.

See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.