Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and minor in Exercise Science is for the student interested in personal well-being, as it relates to exercise and nutrition.

Exercise science includes the study of the human body – bones, muscles, skin, tissue – and human movement. Learn how to keep the body in top condition. Appreciate the effects that nutrition and exercise have on the body. Understand injury and illness prevention, and ways to help people cope with their injuries. Find new ways to help people overcome their excuses and fears relating to fitness.

Olivet’s exercise science program requires that students complete an internship in the field at a local hospital, health club, rehab center, or therapeutic institute. Students will also design and complete a senior project, including working with volunteer faculty and staff as his/her personal trainer for six weeks.

At Olivet, students will:

Study kinesiology, exercise physiology, personal training; Benefit from the hands-on, experiential approach that this program takes; Work with athletes, faculty, staff and students in our fitness center, swimming pools, and field house; Get the educational foundation you need to enter a graduate school program in an allied science field: radiological technician, physician’s assistant, occupational therapist, teacher of biomechanics or exercise physiology on the college level; Prepare well to enter physical therapy school. More and more schools are designing their programs to grant the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in three years. Their graduates can teach and/or practice; Be equipped to succeed as a personal trainer or owner of a fitness center. 

And so much more!

Exercise Science Careers

group exercise instructor, biomechanist, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, sports nutritionist, fitness director, exercise physiologist, occupational physiologist, personal trainer, physical therapist, occupational therapist, professor, researcher, strength and conditioning coach, fitness specialist, fitness instructor, lifestyle coach, fitness center technician, health educator, worksite wellness director

By the Numbers
student-to-faculty ratio
network of Olivet alumni
certified athletic trainers on staff at Olivet
years of Chicago Bears Training Camp on campus

Holistic Health

At Olivet, degree programs are grounded in wholeness and wellness. Professors teach from the perspective of the wellness wheel with the spiritual dimension at the hub. Students gain a Christian focus and mindset with countless opportunities to grow in their personal faith and to experience that integration into everything they learn.

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Internships are a way for students to extend their learning experience as they approach the end of their degree programs. Companies and organizations that have provided these opportunities for our students include: Chicago Bears, Joliet Jackhammers (minor league baseball team), YMCA, Chicago First Church of the Nazarene’s sport ministry and many more.

Career Services

“Olivet has an excellent and very demanding exercise and sports science program. At Olivet, I was doing things my sophomore year that interns from other schools didn’t do until they were juniors. My goal was to work in a professional sports setting. Olivet prepared me to accomplish that goal.”

Micah Gerhart ’12, assistant athletic trainer, NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles

Exercise and Sports Science with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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