Quick Facts

  • Delivery: On Campus
  • Credits: 120
  • Required Observation Hours: 100
  • Membership: National Strength and Conditioning Association

The undergraduate exercise science program prepares you for entry-level positions in the exercise and fitness field, or for postgraduate study in exercise science or other health-related disciplines. Our program may also prepare you for appropriate professional organization certifications. 

Once you complete introductory courses for this major, you may choose one of five concentrations.

General Requirements

Students are admitted to the exercise science major after successfully completing the pre-exercise science major.

The curriculum includes core courses in exercise science and physical education as well as classes in supporting academic areas such as chemistry, biology, health science, and physiology. In addition, the program can prepare you for further study in areas such as medicine, physical therapy, physician assistance, and graduate programs in the exercise sciences.

The degree is designed to be completed in four years as a full-time student. Completion time will vary for part-time students. We encourage you to speak with your advisor about your workload and goals for completing your degree. 

  • University Core Curriculum
  • Introductory Courses: 23-24
  • Major Core Courses: 22
  • Guided Electives: 21-30
  • Internship: 12 credits


After completing your pre-exercise courses and being admitted into the major, you will be able to choose from one of our various concentrations.

Accelerated Master's Program (AMP)

Our Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) in Athletic Training allows you to begin your graduate studies at Ball State while still an undergraduate student saving time and money as you pursue an advanced education in your field of interest.

AMP Program Information

What It’s Like to Major in Exercise Science at Ball State

Our program’s 100 hours of observation allows for in-depth career exploration. You’ll have opportunities to gain practical experience both on and off campus.

Laboratory space and available equipment are extensive. Exercise Science students are given the opportunity to gain experience with sophisticated technology in various laboratories within the School of Kinesiology.

Earn 15-18 credit hours in courses that utilize the lecture/lab format to facilitate hands-on learning.

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The Exercise Science program has existing relationships with numerous health and fitness organizations, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, collegiate and professional athletic teams, and sport performance businesses.

Professional networking opportunities are encouraged through practica, internships, and activities of the student-run Exercise Science Club.

The exercise science program’s 12-credit internship allows you to focus exclusively on your internship while enrolled as a full-time student away from campus. You’ll gain real-world, hands-on experience during your internship that will prepare you for your first entry-level position after graduation.

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If you’d like to learn more about our Exercise Science Major, please contact us. Or one of the best ways to get a true feel for Ball State is to see it for yourself, so schedule a visit today! And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.

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