Health & Exercise Science (BS)

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Turn your passion into a meaningful career with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. Our quality curriculum, combined with expert teaching and real-world experience, will prepare you for a variety of careers in the fields of healthcare, fitness, athletics, and more.

Bonus! Earn 2 Degrees in 4 years

Our program is structured so you can double major and earn 2 degrees in 4 years! Options include a second major in Physical Therapist Assistant Studies, Radiological Technology, Surgical Technology, Psychology, and Biology.

USF’s Health & Exercise program is recognized by the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

How it Works: 2 Concentrations

Health and Wellness

This track is ideal for careers in fitness management, cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, community health, business, teaching, or coaching.

PLUS, you’ll be prepared to take the following national certification exams:

  • Personal Trainer, Exercise Specialist, and Health/Fitness Instructor (via the American College of Sports Medicine)
  • Personal Trainer & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (via the National Strength and Conditioning Association)


This track will prepare you for graduate school in a variety of disciplines: physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, athletic training, kinesiology, and more.

Active Learning starts right away! You will:

  • Jump in your first semester, serving as a “client” in our mock lab.
  • Expand your skills in our on-site Exercise Physiology Lab.
  • Complete an internship, connected to your area of interest
  • Train clients in a practicum setting

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

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Professional Training & Connections

Learn from Experts: USF Faculty

The faculty are the best. There’s something about the way they teach that gives us a deep understanding of the material. They don’t spoon feed us, but instead, will lead us down the path to discover it on our own. At the end of the day, they’re preparing us for to handle any type of situation.

Evan Henry ’18
Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate
Indiana University

Our Health & Exercise Science faculty bring expertise from a variety of career options in the field!

Your senior year will culminate in a 200-hour Internship. Sample sites include:

  • Fort Wayne Tin Caps
  • Optimum Performance Sport
  • Fort Wayne Orthopedics Hospital
  • Manchester University
  • Dekalb Chiropractic
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Powers of One Yoga Studio
  • YMCA
  • Mad Apple Cross Fit
  • Indiana Physical Therapy
  • ATI Physical Therapy
  • Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
  • Parkview Senior Club
  • Services for the Mentally and Physically Disabled
  • North Central High School

From Internship to Career

Haylee was hired from her internship into a full-time position:

Not all Health & Exercise Science programs require the practical experience, but I’m glad USF does. My internship not only gave me hands-on experience, but it got me in the door. I was considered to be very well rounded because of my education and the courses I took beyond my major.

Haylee Shirkey ’17
Business Support Analyst
Parkview Total Health

Career Success

Where Are They Now?

Our Health & Exercise Science Graduates work as:

  • Personal Trainers
  • Health & Fitness Business Owners & Managers
  • Athletic Coaches
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaches
  • Lifestyle Coaches
  • Community Health Educators

Many go on to earn advanced degrees and work as:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors, and more
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Get Involved!

USF’s KAN club offers Kinesiology & Nutrition majors opportunities for career exploration and community activism. Students socialize, network with professionals, and host on-campus exercise and nutrition awareness activities. A KAN favorite: the monthly Lunch Bunch where everyone brings 1 ingredient and contributes to a themed meal.

Ready to start?

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Program Director

Katie Wiedman, M.Ed., R.D.
260-399-7700, ext. 8215