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Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences B.A.Sc.

Program Type: 
Bachelor of Applied Science
Applied Human Sciences

Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences majors learn about all aspects of human movement, in order to help people live healthy lives. Courses include biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and mathematics. You'll get hands-on experience in electrocardiography, biomechanics, exercise testing, exercise supervision, applied nutrition, and strength and conditioning procedures in state-of-the-art laboratories. Graduates work in many fields, including personal training, recreational therapy, and medicine. Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences also prepares students for further study in allied health professions.

  • Students graduate prepared for further study in many allied health professions: physical therapy, physician assistant, medicine, athletic training, and more. 
  • Coursework required in foundational sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) and applied science (Human Biomechanics, Clinical Exercise Physiology).
  • Most required courses incorporate labs using the latest equipment and are taught by faculty.
  • Concentrations available in Exercise & Sport Science, Health & Fitness, and Special Interest.

Acquired Skills

  • Apply principles, theories, and content from the exercise science subdomains: exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and nutrition in laboratory activities and/or projects.
  • Develop, assimilate, synthesize, and apply multiple sources of information that relate to the responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity, exercise, and training.
  • Plan, implement, evaluate, report and revise physical activity and/or exercise interventions in clinical, health-related, and training environments.

Career Possibilities

Entry-Level Positions

  • Employee Fitness and Wellness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist 
  • Exercise Specialist (hospital based)
  • Research Assistant
  • Cardiopulmonary Technician
  • Personal Trainer

Graduate School in

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Psychology
  • Medicine 
  • Nursing
  • Athletic Training
  • Chiropractic 
  • Cardiac Rehab

Admissions and Scholarships

Students in CEHSP are eligible to apply for more than 100 scholarships each academic year typically totaling $120,000 annually.  For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit our scholarship webpage (

Faculty Highlights

  • Actively conduct, present, and publish research
  • Offer numerous opportunities for students to participate in research
  • Hold advanced degrees in the specific areas covered in the exercise science courses they teach
  • Active members of the American College of Sports Medicine

Graduate Report

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data & Employers

Here's a sampling of positions and grad programs Exercise Science B.A. Sc. grads have attained six months to one year after graduation.

  • Personal Trainer Health Coach - Anytime Fitness, Minneapolis, MN
  • Exercise Physiologist - CentraCare Health, St. Cloud, MN
  • Fitness Specialist - HealthSource Solutions, Hopkins, MN
  • Emergency Room Scribe - ScribeAmerica, Duluth, MN
  • Clinical Assistant - Twin Cities Pain Clinic, Edina, MN

  • Chiropractic School, Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Graduate School, Athletic Training, College of St. Scholastica
  • Graduate School, Exercise & Nutrition Science, North Dakota State University
  • Physical Therapy School, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

For more data see the Exercise Science B.A. Sc. Graduate Follow-Up Report.
For ideas about Exercise Science B.A. Sc. and other majors visit Career & Internship Services.