As an exercise scientist, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to discover the joy and wonder of the positive benefits of exercise in rehabilitation and disease prevention, and in restoring people to balanced lives of health and wellness.

You have a unique chance to interpret God’s revelation to others through the delight of human movement through play, leisure, sport and performance. The essence of exercise science is to help others discover or rediscover the joy of human movement in the pursuit of a whole, abundant, balanced life.

As an exercise science major, you will gain expertise in a variety of areas of the discipline, including anatomic and mechanical kinesiology, exercise physiology, motor learning and nutrition, enabling you to pursue a vocation with a broad spectrum of clients through personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, health club leadership or corporate fitness programming. You will be well-prepared for further graduate studies in exercise science, nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine and medicine.

Where to from here?

Exercise science internships are encouraged but not required. Students have recently interned in a wide variety of fields:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation at Charlevoix and Spectrum Health hospitals
  • Corporate fitness at Johnson Controls, Zondervan and Shape Corporation
  • Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • The health club industry at Champion Fitness, East Hills Athletic Club, MVP and the Gottlieb Health & Fitness Center-Chicago.

The Huddleston Exercise Science Scholarship is available for qualified students to help support internships.

Some specialties require further preparation at the graduate level, and/or certification by the American College of Sports Medicine or National Strength and Conditioning Association. Calvin Exercise Science majors who pursue graduate degrees are highly competitive.

The most recent Calvin graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at:

  • University of Michigan
  • Wake Forest University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Indiana University
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • Mayo Clinic
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Washington University in St. Louis