Exercise Science

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Degree Overview

When Calvin exercise science majors talk about their classes, here’s what they say: It’s all about practical experience.

Here, your learning is active. You’ll prescribe exercise and fitness regimens for clients as well as integrate healthy routines into your own daily life. You’ll train in top-notch facilities and work with cutting-edge technology like the “bod pod.” After you’ve studied, trained, and sweat, you’ll graduate with a deep understanding of human health and motion.

By promoting physical activity—one of the most fundamental medicines there is—you’ll restore people to more balanced, healthy lives.

Program Distinctives

Prepare for success - Your exercise science experience is tailored to your career goals. Many Calvin grads thrive in graduate or medical school, and many others find jobs in their field right after graduation.
Practical experience - Almost every exercise science major graduates with internship experience. You'll get real-world experience and connections that prepare you well for your career.
Incredible spaces - You’ll have regular access to fantastic facilities and spaces that you’d normally only find at a much bigger school. You’ll also make use of cutting-edge technology like the “bod pod” body composition analyzer.
Endless opportunities - Take part in a wide range of athletics, recreational activities, and student clubs. From rock climbing to an NCAA Division III athletics program, you’ll stretch yourself in many different contexts.

Degree Information

  • Courses

    (18 semester hours)

    • KIN-201: Introduction to Kinesiology
    • A minimum of five additional courses, at least two at the 300-level, approved by academic advisor and department chairperson

Prepare for med school and beyond

An exercise science major fits neatly into Calvin’s widely respected pre-professional health program. Discover how your kinesiology studies will prepare you for success in medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and more.



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