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 Options

    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.

    Real-World Experience

    Here, 100% of traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this hands-on opportunity helps you explore your vocation and gain the practical experience necessary for career success.

    With support from campus resources such as the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students have landed internships at organizations such as:

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

    Cornerstone graduates are influencers in their work, neighborhoods and world for Christ. You can find them building lives that matter in West Michigan and countries around the world.

    Because of their broad knowledge base, major-specific skills and servant leadership qualities, our alumni have contributed value to teams at:

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

    Graduate Outcomes


    of our 2016 exercise science major graduates were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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    Graduate Programs

    Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division students have received admission to these graduate schools:

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