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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Program Overview


The exercise science bachelor’s degree program at the University of Providence in Montana is a four-year program designed to simultaneously prepare all students with a strong foundation in exercise science and provide specific preparations for career success. 

Through five unique concentrations, an interdisciplinary curriculum and internship opportunities, you will be able to earn your bachelor’s degree in exercise science while gaining hands-on skills and expertise!

Fields in exercise science are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. With a B.S. in exercise science from UP, you’ll be well equipped to meet this growing demand. Considering graduate school? Nearly all exercise science students who apply to graduate programs are successfully admitted.

Learn more about the top three reasons you should major in exercise science!


Program Highlights

  • Personalize Your Education

The exercise science degree program at UP allows you to tailor your education to your interests by choosing one of five concentrations. Whether you are interested in personal training, coaching or clinical practice, you’ll be set up for success in your career as you develop expertise and experience in the field through specialized concentration coursework. 

  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Our program combines curriculum from many disciplines, including psychology, biology, chemistry and physics. These disciplines work together to provide students with the context they need to understand, measure and analyze human movement and the behaviors that drive it. Expertise in these areas will yield marketable skills that you’ll own through your career.

  • Internship Opportunities

UP believes in the invaluable hands-on experience only an internship can offer, requiring all exercise science majors to complete an internship program. Once approved, students may intern where they choose. Interns receive school credit for completed hours, and the experience may satisfy graduate school prerequisites for observation hours in the field of study. 


B.S. in Exercise Science Program Curriculum & Courses


Students in the exercise science bachelor’s degree program will take a range of courses that give insight into the biological, psychological and nutritional factors that are at play in exercise science. Additionally, students will take courses in management, ethics and law, which will prepare them for real situations they will encounter in their profession. 

Our exercise science courses include human anatomy and physiology, exercise and sports nutrition, fitness assessment methods, ethics, law and the health fitness profession, kinesiology and biomechanics and exercise prescription. 

From using industry best practices to assess client needs to developing health management plans that take multiple health and wellness factors into account, the B.S. in exercise science will equip students with the skills and experiences necessary to successfully implement their knowledge in a real-world setting. 


Exercise Science Degree Curriculum


Exercise Science Degree Concentrations



The pre-clinical concentration focuses on medical and clinical curriculum with courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, abnormal psychology, physics, medical terminology and research in exercise science. This concentration will provide students with a solid foundation in these subjects in preparation for graduate studies in occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic care and clinical rehabilitation.

Pre-Athletic Training

This concentration is ideal for students who desire to become certified athletic trainers with courses in safety, first aid and CPR, basic clinical nutrition, coaching weight training and advanced strength and conditioning. Students pursuing this concentration will learn the skills necessary to provide athletic training using coaching theories, tactical and technical skill development, training techniques and safety best practices. 

Strength and Conditioning

This concentration teaches students the fundamentals of personal training for strength and conditioning and prepares them for graduate studies or employment in the field. Courses include sports psychology, coaching weight training, advanced strength and conditioning, exercise prescription, weight training and personal fitness, personal health and the prevention and care of athletic injuries. 

Personal Training

Though similar to the strength and conditioning concentration, the personal training concentration has more of a focus on business and management and prepares students for work with the general population. Preparing students to become personal trainers, courses include leadership and management, marketing, team sports, sports psychology, advanced conditioning and coaching, exercise prescription and personal health.


Designed for students who are interested in coaching as a profession, this concentration consists of courses in sports psychology, racquet and individual sports, team sports, the prevention and care of athletic injuries and child abuse and neglect. Additionally, this concentration offers coaching certification and Montana Officials Association (MOA) sports officiating certification courses.


Skills You’ll Learn


Exercise science majors will learn how to:

  • Analyze exercise and performance technique
  • Measure parameters of physical fitness, health and performance
  • Critically analyze exercise science research
  • Scientifically apply exercise science information to solve movement problems, such as modifying exercise for diseased or disabled clients in a fitness or rehabilitation setting
  • Create safe and effective exercise programs for a variety of populations, such as apparently healthy adults, athletes and clinical populations


Careers With a Degree in Exercise Science


Students who choose to enter UP’s exercise science program will have a variety of potential job titles, including sport coach, personal trainer, wellness coach and athletic trainer. Additional career opportunities exist in geriatric fitness coordination, corporate fitness management, strength and conditioning coaching, researching and teaching. 

Depending on which concentration a student pursues, graduates can make between $40,000 and $90,000 annually with a degree in exercise science. In Montana, graduates with this degree can expect to make between $45,236 and $57,879 annually, according to Salary.com.


Application and Admission Requirements

  • Program Application: Applicants must complete an online undergraduate application.
  • Official Transcripts: Official high school transcripts can be sent directly from your high school to University of Providence | Admissions | 1301 20th Street South | Great Falls, MT 59405. Transcripts may also be submitted electronically. Students should include transcripts from any dual enrollment or other pre-college programs attended and results of any AP tests taken.
  • Testing Scores: Official ACT or SAT score reports should be sent if your score with test date is not recorded on your high school transcript. Our ACT code is 2410, SAT is 4058. Providing official test scores is not required, though it is strongly recommended. It is best to have your scores sent to the University of Providence if you have taken either test.


Study What Interests You With a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science From UP


Your education isn’t one-size-fits-all, which is why the University of Providence’s Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science offers five specialized concentrations designed so that your interests can be your guide. And with our interdisciplinary courses and hands-on internships, you’ll be prepared to translate your expertise into the real world.

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Contact Our Faculty

Kelly Quick, Ed.D.

Professor of Exercise Science

Admissions Contact

After spending 4 of the best years of my life at University of Providence, I decided to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball. I stopped playing 2 years after, coming back home (Zaragoza, Spain) and working as a manager for a company that sends student/athletes to the US, pretty much what I did while I was a student at UGF. Now, I have changed my job and I have been working during the last 6 months as a director in the Zaragoza area of a weight room company called VivaGym. There are currently over 100 of them around Spain and Portugal and I get to manage 2 of them. Kelly Quick gave me a great understanding of what managing a weight room is about. Also, my life has always been around basketball and sports in general, and that obviously has made the transition from one job to the other easier. I currently manage 18 employees and we offer a great variety of activities, from Body Combat to Body Pump or Spinning and, what is more important, I really feel like I am doing something that I love and at the same time something that can affect other people´s lives positively.
Dani Arcau
Alumni, Class of 2016
During my time in college, I discovered a deep passion for coaching and performance. As I progressed through the HHP program and competed as an athlete, I began to love the ability to use my classroom learning to improve my sport performance. As I continued to learn about the field, I decided I wanted to give back the lessons I learned to the next generation. This passion led me to become a strength and conditioning coach and pursue opportunities at various colleges across the country. I have spent time as an intern coach with both Clemson and Notre Dame Football and have taken roles as head strength coach at University of Valley Forge, director of basketball strength and conditioning at University of Tennessee-Martin, and my current role at Clarion University where I direct S&C for our 15 sport teams.
Jeremiah Welch
Alumni, Class of 2017
Since getting my degree, I have been going to school at the University of Pittsburgh to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I am graduating in early December and taking my licensure exam in January 2022. If all goes well, I’ll have my first placement for travel physical therapy in February.
Malena Lennon
Alumni, Class of 2018