Exercise Science

students learning exercise science

Franklin College’s newest major is designed to prepare those with a passion for exercise to pursue careers in both clinical and sports performance settings. In conjunction with Johnson Memorial Hospital, students will be exposed to a hands-on lab based curriculum and Exercise Science classes that incorporate the study of movement in multiple populations to promote overall wellness, health and fitness.

The knowledge, skills and abilities gained through the exercise science program will provide students with the expertise to excel in graduate school or careers in this expanding field.

Download the Exercise Science Major Handout (PDF)

Curriculum Overview

The Franklin College Exercise Science program is a blend of academic preparation and practical application exposing students to the most important areas of health, fitness, and performance, ensuring they are prepared to pursue a wide variety of careers in this dynamic field. The clinically focused, sequential curriculum carefully leads students through classes designed to provide solid evidence-based knowledge combined with hands on practical experience. Service learning, clinical practice, and internships complement course work throughout the curriculum and provide a solid foundation of knowledge.

Exercise Science classes begin in the first-year and include the following courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Strength and Conditioning Methods
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Concepts of Wellness
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Motor Control and Learning
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Exercise for Special Populations

Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to pursue a minor in fitness, coaching, or another related field. These minors are designed to provide students with additional skills and knowledge developed in the classroom and through clinical experiences and internships.

The Franklin College Way

Whether it is graduate school, certification in your area of interest, or immediate employment, the Kinesiology Department faculty and staff will make every effort to provide support and access to tutorial assistance as you pursue you career goals. This includes the use of academic mentors, one-on-one discussion of study skills, and direction from the Franklin College Academic Resource Center.

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Did You Know?

100% of students in our 2018 senior class were accepted into graduate programs.