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The field of Exercise Science studies the structure and function of the human body under acute exercise, which contributes to human fitness, holistic wellness and longevity.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science at Earlham College is designed to prepare you for a variety of career paths as well as future graduate work in numerous fields, which may include:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Allied Health
  • Health, Fitness & Wellness
  • Education
  • Coaching
  • Registered Dietician

You’ll have the opportunity to work closely alongside faculty in both a nurturing and challenging environment while gaining advanced knowledge of the human body’s structure and function. As a first-year student, you’ll take a gateway course covering the Fundamentals of Exercise Science in addition to practical content courses to serve as a foundation for more advanced study.

  • Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. — Plato
  • If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.  — Hippocrates

There are a variety of elective courses within the major that give you an opportunity to expand your knowledge in several applied areas within the field of exercise science. You’ll also complete hands-on experiences through internships/externships with partners such as Reid Health, Cutting Edge Physical Therapy, an internship within the Athletics and Wellness Center or an equivalent internship as approved by the exercise science faculty.

The exercise science major requires a capstone project in the spring semester of your senior year that combines a practical and theoretical component. Through the capstone project, you’ll demonstrate your fundamental knowledge, skills, techniques and pertinent procedures learned throughout your academic journey as an exercise science major in preparation to launch into your career or graduate studies.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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