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Exercise Science – Program Features


The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science curriculum is built on a liberal arts foundation, with program-specific courses covering the basic sciences and application of exercise theory. In this major, you can choose from three distinct tracks: Personal Training, Wellness Management, and/or Pre-Graduate School.

Exercise Science emphasizes physical activity and proper nutrition as a direct link to good health, focusing on preventive health solutions and human performance. You will learn to develop health and physical performance assessments, prescribe exercise programs for a wide range of populations interested in physical fitness, and create positive behavioral change programs for individuals and groups.

Choose a concentration track based on your interests:

  • Personal Training: Prepares you for a career as a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach in commercial, corporate or private fitness settings, as a trainer, manager or owner.
  • Wellness Management: Prepares you for entry- and mid-level careers in the health promotion and corporate wellness industries.
  • Pre-Graduate School: Prepares students for the rigors of graduate studies in post-baccalaureate healthcare programs, including Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Exercise Physiology, and Human Performance.



Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University’s partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few. Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.