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Oklahoma State University

Applied Exercise Science

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The bachelor’s degree in applied exercise science degree focuses on careers that involve exercise prescription and fitness program design for individuals and groups.   The degree has a two options — pre-professional or strength and conditioning. It focuses on interventions and includes courses on exercise physiology, fitness assessment and prescription, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, athletic injury, applied anatomy and ethics in sports administration. Applied Exercise Science graduates are professionals who collaborate with athletic trainers, physicians, physical therapists, sport coaches and individuals who seek the advice of such specialists.

The Pre-Professional concentration is designed for undergraduates interested in careers in clinical exercise physiology, cardiac/stroke rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training and graduate school.

The Strength and Conditioning concentration is designed for students interested in careers in strength and conditioning, personal training, fitness instructing, coaching, fitness facility management and more. This degree serves to prepare the student for various professional certification examinations, such as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS), Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA=CPT), Physical Therapist (CPT), Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), Certified Exercise Physiologists (EP-C) and others.