Students receive instruction in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics and exercise psychology.
The Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation undergraduate program in Exercise Science provides students with the scientific knowledge of the underlying principles of exercise training through instruction and practical experience.
Students receive instruction in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics and exercise psychology. Additional experience is gained through an internship placement in a fitness or clinical setting. Upon graduation, students are prepared for employment in areas such as health clubs, fitness centers, personal training, corporate fitness, and cardiac rehabilitation. The program also prepares students who desire to pursue a graduate degree in the exercise sciences.
Independent Study is an individual project under faculty supervision dealing with pertinent literature, research, programs or other activities related to selected topics in Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. Click here for more information on this program.
Students in our Exercise Science concentration have flexibility in their course work to prepare for careers in scientifically based exercise programs with an emphasis on cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness or personal training and strength and conditioning. Click here for more information on this program.
The Exercise Science curriculum prepares students in many content areas that are necessary for successful admission into a Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. With the addition of a Pre-Physical Therapy Option to the Exercise Science major, students can increase the likelihood of successful admission even more. Click here for more information on this program.
The Exercise Science curriculum prepares students in many content areas that are necessary for successful admission into an Occupational Therapy Masters or Doctoral-level program. With the addition of a Pre-Occupational Therapy Option to the Exercise Science major, students can increase the likelihood of successful admission even more. Click here for more information on this program.
"I am Mrs. Kattenbraker and I am a proud alumnus of EIU. I grew up in Charleston and am glad to have settled here. I take pride in my job and am passionate about the EIU Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation program and all we have to offer."
"The Clinical Exercise Science Masters program allowed me to further develop my skills in the field of exercise science and continue to explore the different populations I was interested in working with once beginning my career. There were many opportunities for hands on experiences in classes, labs and outside experiences like the cardiac rehab and stress testing programs. I also really enjoyed building relationships with my professors and fellow grad students. I still use a lot of the skills and tools that I learned in my time at EIU to this day and I am very grateful to the program, faculty, and my fellow grad students. " "Chloe Hough (M.S. 2015)
"I am very proud to be an EIU Panther, and my five years in Charleston are no doubt instrumental in my success. EIU sets itself apart because of our incredible professors. Their willingness to constantly help me inside and out of the classroom gave me a huge advantage when entering my field. GO PANTHERS!"Laramie Immel (B.S. 2015, M.S. 2016)
"I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from EIU in KSS with a concentration in Exercise Science in 2012 and graduated with my master’s degree in KSS with a concentration in Exercise Science in 2013. While I was a graduate student, I also held an Exercise Science Graduate Assistant position in which I taught undergraduate activity courses, supervised undergraduate students in the ATP Lab and also worked with the EIU Adult Fitness Program. The experience I gained while attending EIU has given me the confidence to excel and push to exceed boundaries set before me in the field of Exercise Science."Hillary (Rusk) Cecil (B.S. 2012, M.S. 2013)
"Working in this field is about much more than physical fitness. It requires organizational skills, excellent communication skills, management skills, creativity and passion. The EIU KSS Department gave me a great knowledge base with which to begin my career. The faculty and staff were, and still are, phenomenal mentors. Over ten years later, I still reach out to them for support. The KSS program provided a learning experience that fostered confidence and provided me with the background I needed to be prepared to work in the fitness industry.”Lindsey Williamson (B.S. 2006, M.S. 2007)