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Exercise Science

Physical exercise and health are vital to our livelihood. And now more than ever, we need professionals who are ready to care for the needs of those who experience injuries, deficiencies or disorders to help them take proactive measures for their health. As Christians, we understand that God created our bodies as temples to be given the utmost care. As an exercise science major, you can make that a reality for people around the world.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Science

Academic Division

  • Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of exercise science graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

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Your Vocation

The human body is complex and awe-inspiring. In order to keep it healthy, we need professionals in both the clinical and non-clinical field with the expertise to care for it. The exercise science program at Cornerstone University will teach you best practices for exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training and more.

Our graduates go on to work at doctors offices, clinics and fitness centers across the country doing important work for people’s wellbeing. They have the knowledge to perform their job well but they also approach their work with humility. All that we do should always point back to God, and exercise science is no different. When you graduate, you will be prepared to enter the workforce with a servant’s heart and a Christ-centered focus.

Careers

Our graduates go on to serve in clinical and non-clinical offices around the country and around the world. Find out where an exercise science degree can take you.

Opportunities

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

Internships

An internship is built into your exercise science degree to offer you more experience before you graduate. We’ve partnered with several clinics and offices around West Michigan to provide our students with the best hands-on application possible.

Opportunities

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

Program Features

The exercise science program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Degree Planning Guides

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

Select a sample four-year degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in exercise science.

Exercise Science Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Exercise Science: Cardiac Rehabilitation Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Exercise Science: Pre-Occupational Therapy Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Concentration

An emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation prepares you to transition into a clinical exercise science setting. Designed to train you to serve patients who have experienced a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery or are at risk for such an event, cardiac rehabilitation is a hospital-supported rehabilitation program.

You’ll receive exposure to the distinctive aspects of Phase I, Phase II and Phase III of cardiac rehabilitation and learn to better understand stress testing laboratory duties. Phase I addresses the design of an inpatient program, aiming to provide patient education that allows patients to resume their daily routines. Phase II serves outpatient clients, scheduling patients to complete exercise therapy sessions each week and planning educational programming to address risk factors and lifestyle intervention techniques. Phase III exists as a long-term extension of Phase II, offering patients the option to remain in the program following the immediate medical need.

Beyond meeting the degree requirements for a major in exercise science, you’ll complete six additional courses, gaining a comprehensive cardiac rehab internship experience in preparation for successful completion of the certification exam designed by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Studies in cardiovascular rehabilitation prepare you for career opportunities involving the administration of stress tests, design of exercise programs, development of technical knowledge, discussions concerning aspects of nutrition, interaction with patients, interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills, monitoring exercise sessions and risk factor education.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration

An emphasis in pre-occupational therapy prepares you for entrance into competitive graduate degree programs in occupational therapy, equipping you with foundational knowledge you’ll build upon as you learn methods to empower patients and clients in attaining the ability to complete their day-to-day tasks with ease.

In addition to meeting the requirements for a major in exercise science, you’ll register for six courses that serve as pre-requisites for admittance into graduate programs in the field. Chosen to align with the admission requirements of occupational therapy graduate programs in Michigan, you may choose to expand upon this list as you research specifications of your preferred graduate program.

After you complete graduate course work, you’ll have career opportunities as a client educator, consultant, developer of intervention programs, field researcher, patient evaluator or treatment program implementor.

Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

A concentration in physical therapy allows you to bridge knowledge of human anatomy and the physiological changes that occur while exercising to introductory knowledge of techniques and practices utilized to address injuries and restore range of motion.

Beyond fulfilling the requirements for a major in exercise science, you’ll complete six courses, meeting the course prerequisites summary of the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service published by the American Physical Therapy Association.

After you complete graduate course work, you’ll have career opportunities that involve conducting patient assessments and evaluations, contributing to research in the field, coordinating individualized conditioning schedules, implementing programs to treat diseases and injuries and utilizing goal formation techniques for rehabilitation.

Graduate School

Our Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division students receive admission to respected graduate schools, including the esteemed institutions listed below.

  • Andrews University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount Mary University
  • Spring Arbor University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Dakota
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our exercise science program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

Cornerstone University has great opportunities to grow and flourish as a student and Christ-follower!

Evan Wagner (’17)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

Our passion for kinesiology doesn’t end with exercise science. Take a look at some of the other related programs in our Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.