Rigorous, yes. Rewarding, definitely. If you are fascinated by the marvels of exercise and human movement and want a career helping others achieve their physical and personal best, we can provide you with a top-notch education. When you merge your SAU degree with your drive, you can achieve your professional goals.
Our graduates work at Trinity Regional Health System, Army Wellness Center, Alliance Rehab, Illini Restorative Care, Rock Valley Physical Therapy.
- Learning Focused on Scientific Principles
- Create and Guide Fitness Programs
- Solid Preparation for Advanced Degrees
Our Kinesiology professors give you their full attention and diverse expertise, providing the perfect balance of classroom, hands-on and research experience. This pre-professional degree meets SAU’s requirements for advanced studies in in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, and physician assistant studies.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Exercise Science is a broad-based study of scientific principles and includes courses in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, and physiology. Advanced courses study human movement, exercise physiology, and scientific research. Course topics include exercise and aging, nutrition, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning principles, pharmacology, biomechanics, and behavioral neuroscience.
Our Kinesiology professors represent diverse fields of expertise and research and focus on giving you a well-rounded education. All graduates of the SAU Kinesiology program are expected to be knowledgeable and adaptable, and able to:
- compete successfully in graduate programs
- teach and lead competently in school, business, and community-based programs
- seek and obtain appropriate certification
- perform competitively in the work environment
- exemplify the values and ethics of the allied professions
WHERE WILL I LEARN?
As an exercise science student, you get the awesome opportunity to take classes - and apply what you learn - in our new, state-of-the-art Wellness and Recreation Center. This massive, 80,000 square-foot building just opened this fall and holds exercise physiology and biomechanics laboratories, classrooms, research-quality equipment, and a group exercise room which are specifically designed and equipped to give you a top-quality education.
The Quad Cities is a noted a leader in healthcare, wellness, and fitness, making it a great community to prepare for – or even start – your career. The SAU College of Health and Human Services has deep, established relationships with major hospitals and healthcare providers, all who need highly-trained health specialists. St. Ambrose students have a wide range of internship and clinical placement options without leaving the area. Organizations from the YMCA to the Rock Island Fitness & Activity Center offer a variety of opportunities for experts in wellness and fitness.
WHAT ARE SOME POTENTIAL CAREER OUTCOMES?
Within a fitness or clinical setting, your opportunities are endless. Careers include exercise physiologist, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, and researcher. The exercise science major also doubles as a pre-professional degree and satisfies prerequisites for SAU graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, and physician assistant studies.
With the constant need for people to lead healthy lives, you shouldn't have an issue launching your career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for athletic trainers and exercise physiologists is expected to grow 19 percent through 2022.
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Last updated April 26, 2018