Exploring the roots of human movement.

Students in the exercise science major complete a rich curriculum with courses addressing anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, measurement and evaluation, exercise prescription, injury prevention, nutrition and field internships. The student will gain a greater appreciation of how God designed the human body for movement.

With personal health and fitness occupying much of our nation's attention, exercise science is an excellent way to tap into a plentiful job market whose goal is the promotion of a healthier nation through exercise and fitness programs.

  • Overview

    Career Opportunities

    In Exercise Science you can prepare for a career that may involve work in a variety of clinical or non-clinical settings. Alternatively, with proper advising, you can prepare for application to graduate programs in exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, physician assistant, medicine, nursing or other areas of health care.

    • Cardiac rehabilitation programs
    • Corporate and community fitness programs
    • Health clubs
    • YMCA
    • Careers in sales or marketing of medical, fitness and sports-oriented equipment
  • Relevant Classes

    A well-rounded list of liberal arts and major classes prepare you to excel as an innovative, character-driven professional. And trained advisers provide the personalized, strengths-focused guidance you need to thrive as a college student and complete your degree.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide. This shows how you can finish your degree in four years.

    Global Internships

    100% of our traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this real-world experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical skills for career success.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    • Agility Sports Medicine
    • The Center for Physical Rehabilitation
    • Comprehensive Physical Therapy
    • Orthopedic Associates of Michigan
    • Spectrum Health
    • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
  • Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • American Medical Response
    • Focus Physical Therapy
    • MVP Sports Clubs
    • Power Strength Training Systems
    • Spectrum Health

    Job and Graduate School Placement Rate


    of our traditional undergraduate exercise science majors from the class of 2016 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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    Where Our Alumni Attend Graduate School

    Our Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division students receive admission to respected graduate schools.

    • Central Michigan University
    • Grand Valley State University
    • National University of Health Sciences
    • University of Indianapolis
    • University of Michigan