English Program Overview

Are you fascinated by the human body and how it works? Are you passionate about helping people and making an impact on society? Do you like exercise/physical activity? An Exercise Science student studies the immediate and long-term effects of physical activity on the body. The Exercise Science Major provides a challenging educational experience for students who wish to pursue health/fitness careers and further their education at the graduate level. 

The major provides hands-on experience in the health/fitness industry tied to core academic preparation in the science of exercise and health. Exercise Science provides a solid foundation to prepare you for a variety of careers, such as Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology. There are many exciting careers in Exercise Science. Note that many involve further study, however in many areas there are entry-level positions while you pursue further education.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.


Course Offerings

The Major in Exercise Science consists of 67 credit hours and includes the following courses:

PHR 101: Human Health and Development (3 hrs.)
PHR 177: Community First Aid and CPR (1 hr.)
PHR 219: Principles of Human Nutrition (3 hrs.)
PHR 231: Motor Development and Motor Learning (3 hrs.)
PHR 311: Athletic Training (3 hrs.)
PHR 321: Physical Education and Recreation for Special Populations (3 hrs.)
PHR 332: Kinesiology (3 hrs.)
PHR 341: Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education (3 hrs.)
PHR 337: Internship (3 hrs.)
PHR 345: Physiology of Exercise (3 hrs.)
PHR 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
BIO 115: Cell Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 217: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hrs.)
BIO 218: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hrs.)



Either of the following courses:
BIO 221: Genetics (4 hrs.)
BIO 412: Animal Physiology (4 hrs.)

CHM 121: Principles of Chemistry I (4 hrs.)
CHM 122: Principles of Chemistry II (4 hrs.)
PHY 101: College Physics I (4 hrs.)
PHY 102: College Physics II (4 hrs.)
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)

American Red Cross certifications in Standard First Aid and Community CPR are required as part of the major.