Exercise Science

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The Kinesiology and Sports Studies undergraduate program in Exercise Science provides students with the scientific knowledge of the underlying principles of exercise training through instruction and practical experience.


Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy

Hours Required


Four Year Degree Plan


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Pedagogy, Sport Administration, Exercise Science

Course Catalog Listing


Typical Starting Positions

Physical Education Teacher, Personal Trainer, Coach, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, Athletic Director, Game Day Operations, Sports Marketing, Sports Media, Wellness Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

EIU, Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital, Lifetime Fitness

Study Abroad Opportunities

University of Winchester Study Abroad Program, COST, Toronto for Teachers

Research Opportunities

Independent Study Faculty/Student Collaboration

Student Professional Organizations

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance America Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance America College of Sports Medicine National Strength and Conditioning Association North American Society for Sport Management Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs National Athletic Trainers Association

Faculty Listing


Faculty Research Interests

Physical Activity and Aging, Psychomotor Assessment and Competence, Teacher Effectiveness, Sports Pedagogy, PE Teacher Education, Endurance Training, Athletic Training Education, Athletic Trainers in School Settings, Body Composition, Cardiopulmonary Function with Activity, Evaluation of Obesity, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Physical Activity and Rehabilitation, Diabetes Prevention and Management, Metabolic Syndrome, Music and Exercise, Achievement Goal Theory, Pitch Recognition Ability in Baseball, Sports Marketing, Economics of Sport, Sport History, Muscular Adaptations of Resistance Exercise Programs

Faculty Honors & Awards

Larry Ankenbrand - Outstanding Teacher Award for the KSS Faculty (2010) Mark Kattenbraker – Outstanding Teacher Award for the KSS Faculty (2011) Kevin Hussey - AAHPERD / NAGWS Service Award March 2011 for 21 years of Presentation Service, March 2011 Brent Walker - Scientific Programming Division Head-Elect, Association for Applied Sport Mark Kattenbraker - Vice President – IAHPERD Tony Oliver - 2010 = Vice President Elect, Adults – IAHPERD, 2011-current = Vice President, Adults - IAHPERD Stacey Ruholl - IAHPERD SE District Treasurer Kevin Hussey - Head Badminton Coach for the Junior Pan American Championships, Dominican Republic, 2010; USA Badminton Coach, China, 2009; Phyllis Croisant – 2009 Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Jeff Willardson – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Research & Creative Activity (2010) Stacey Ruholl – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Teaching (2010) Dr. Phyllis Croisant – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Service (2009) Dr. Brian Pritschet – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Service (2009) Brian Pritschet – IAHPERD Service Award (2009) Brent Walker – Mental Training Consultant – U.S. Soccer and U.S. Paralympic Soccer Teams

Exercise Science, Lantz Arena 2506
Contact Name: Mark Kattenbraker, Chair
Contact Email: mskattenbraker@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/kss/