Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do with this degree?
While many of our students go on to pursue graduate education (such as Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Masters of Public Health or PhD in Exercise Science), there
are ample job opportunities for students at the baccalaureate level as well. Our students work in cardiac rehab as exercise physiologists, in corporate wellness settings as health and wellness directors, or in sport performance settings as coaches
or strength and conditioning specialists.
What are your facilities like?
We are located at the Flynn Building (1961 Bishop Ln), which houses Exercise Science and Respiratory Therapy. We have several large classrooms and a dedicated lab in which the students have access
to a metabolic cart, hydrostatic weighing tank, BodPod, treadmills, cycle ergometers and resistance training equipment.
How hands on is the major?
All students take at least 3 lab courses within the Exercise Science major that include Exercise Physiology, Basic Injury Prevention and Care, and Exercise Testing and Prescription. When you graduate,
you will know how to perform a myriad of exercise tests and health measures, be able to prescribe exercise, and to care for basic injuries and emergencies. Each student spends dedicated hands-on time in our lab multiple semesters in a row to ensure
proficiency in these areas.
What opportunities are there for students to get more involved?
Students can join the Exercise Science Association, Pre-Physical Therapy Association and/or the Pre- Athletic Training Association to learn more about their field and
potential job opportunities. We also emphasize undergraduate involvement in research; our students have presented data at regional and national conferences and some have even been published during their undergraduate degree. The department also sponsors
a Service Learning Clinic, in which students work directly with community members to perform exercise testing, cardiovascular risk assessments, and create individualized exercise prescriptions.
The career opportunities associated with an Exercise Science degree are numerous and varied. Generally speaking, however, most careers fall under one of the following broad categories:
- Coaching and Fitness Leadership
- Health Promotion and Policy
- Sports Management and Administration
- Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Teaching and Research
Students completing the Exercise Science curriculum will be prepared to take a number of external certification examinations in the fitness and wellness fields, including personal training, strength and conditioning and as an exercise specialist. The
major is also an option for pre-professional preparation for careers in physical therapy, nursing, respiratory therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy and medicine. Graduates work as an exercise specialist clinical settings, with athletes,
students, in clients’ homes, in fitness facilities or in workplace settings.
Exercise Science students enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities, including our Exercise Science Association, Pre-Athletic Training Association and Pre-Physical Therapy Association. Students also have an opportunity to study abroad in the Dominican
Republic and Australia.
Kent Brown, PhD, CSCS
Research Interest: Preoperative exercise interventions introduced to change exercise behavior prior to total knee arthroplasty; study of osteoarthritis as a clinical condition of joint pain and dysfunction
and its response to exercise.
Andrew Carnes, PhD
Research Interest: Endurance performance and the effects of peer influence on runners' behavior and motivation.
Sara Mahoney, PhD, HFS
Research Interest: The role of dietary intake on health and performance in special populations, including both the role of macronutrient intake in ultra-endurance athletes and the role of fruit and vegetable intake on chronic disease.
Laura K. Miller, PT, EdD, NCS, MSCS, ATP
Research Interest: The prevention and management of chronic disease, physical therapy intervention in neurological conditions, and the role of internships in career development and student success.
Thomas Wójcicki, PhD
Research Interest: Behavioral kinesiology; a social cognitive framework to better understand physical activity behavior and subsequent health-related outcomes across the lifespan; design, implementation, and evaluation of emerging technologies to promote behavior change; reciprocal examination of psychosocial and environmental factors on physical activity behaviors and quality of life.
Internships provide students with real-world experiences in health and fitness, rehabilitation medicine, corporate fitness and personal training supplemental to the experiences obtained in the Exercise Science curriculum and laboratory experiences. The
internships are designed to give the Exercise Science students a hands-on and practical experience in working with many diverse and special populations in Louisville. The student will use principles learned in exercise physiology, nutrition, exercise
testing and prescription, injury prevention, community wellness and kinesiology to design and implement an intervention program as a service-learning experience. Internship opportunities include (but not limited to):
- Active Steps – a physical activity program for community members with diabetes
- Designing injury prevention programs for athletes in the Dominican Republic (Spring break trip)
- Physical Therapy clinics
- Louisville Athletic Club
- Research opportunity with Exercise Science faculty
The newly renovated Flynn Building, at 1961 Bishop Lane, includes a state-of-the-art
research and teaching laboratory, four smart classrooms, ten offices, student and staff lounges, and locker rooms. Students routinely engage in experiential learning in the Human Performance and Fitness Laboratory, which features a wide array of exercise
equipment, two metabolic carts, a hydrostatic weighing tank, high-tech activity monitors, and an assortment of other fitness-, performance-, and health-related tools.
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Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.