Exercise Science Major

Unlock careers centered on human performance, rehabilitation or sports medicine. Inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle.

Begin a career as a fitness instructor, wellness consultant, a researcher and more. You can even go on to pursue an advanced degree.

Why study exercise science at the College of Charleston?

Exercise science is a hands-on degree with many professional opportunities. Our program provides a broad background in human movement science and human performance. You'll have opportunities for hands-on experiences in the classroom, the lab and on the athletic field with our community partnerships.

What will I learn?

You'll study subjects like anatomy, physiology, biology, nutrition, kinesiology, and exercise programming. You'll connect with faculty who can oversee your independent study or research project.

View Curriculum: Exercise Science, B.S.

Program Highlights

The exercise science program provides you with a strong interdisciplinary foundation. You'll have access to experiential learning opportunities including internships, independent studies and more.
  • Hands-on Learning

    Our program is dynamically connected to the city of Charleston. We have a 2,500-square-foot human performance lab with state-of-the-art equipment. You'll be in an environment with the facilities and network to reach your full potential. You may take part in faculty-led research. You will also have the chance to create your own independent research project. You may present your research at conferences around the country. You might even publish your work. 

  • Internship Opportunities

    Our department has strong ties to local and national industries. You will have the opportunity to internship with:
    • Medical University of South Carolina's fitness facility.
    • College of Charleston’s own student recreation center.
    • local sport and exercise organizations.
    • registered dietitians.
    • Charleston’s USL team, the Charleston Battery.
    • College of Charleston athletics and sports performance.

  • Faculty Expertise

    We have a dedicated and dynamic faculty with a vast expertise. They are experts in

    • biomechanics.
    • strength and conditioning.
    • exercise immunology.
    • kinesiology.

    You'll be part of a rigorous academic community. Our faculty will provide you with one-of-a-kind, diverse and innovative experiences in the field of exercise science.

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates are prepared for many options after graduation. Many students pursue careers in fields like:
  • Wellness coordinator.
  • Strenght and conditioning specialists.
  • massage therapy.
  • medical equipment and pharmaceutical sales.
Other students go to graduate or professional school to study:
  • medicine.
  • dentistry.
  • exercise physiology.
  • biomechanics.
  • motor behavior.
  • sports psychology.
  • physical therapy.
  • occupational therapy.