Exercise Science, B.S.

Assert your passion for helping people live their strongest, healthiest, most nourished lives. People-driven inspiration and biblically informed principles for day-to-day life fuel Palm Beach Atlantic University’s outstanding Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Exercise Science degree program.

School of Education & Behavioral Studies

West Palm Beach



Why Major in Exercise Science at PBA?

Dedicate yourself to the health, fitness, and wellness of others with a B.S. in Exercise Science. At PBA, you’ll interrogate many aspects of exercise science, from basic nutrition and first aid to specialized skills in orthopedics and sports medicine. In research labs, internships, and fieldwork, you’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test in ways that affirm and invigorate your career path.

  • Seek Christ in All Things: Study exercise science through the grounding perspective of Christian values and the liberal arts.
  • Pre-Professional Preparation: Work toward professional credentials in the pre-athletic training or pre-physical therapy track.
  • Research Alongside Faculty: Collaborate with our experts to conduct competitive research in state-of-the-art labs.
  • Learn Hands-On: Apply your classroom skills through an internship in a real-world health or education environment.

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What You’ll Learn

When you complete your exercise science degree, you will have:

  • Internship experience, at PBA or with a local organization, gym, or physiotherapist
  • Proficiency in assessing the components of health-related fitness
  • Experience using facilities and equipment that advance your technical skills, including the Health and Human Performance Lab.

Pre-Professional Concentrations

Add a pre-professional concentration to target your learning along a path that leads to advanced professional credentials.

Pre-Athletic Training: Our National Strength and Conditioning Association-accredited program prepares you to become an athletic trainer and join our graduates working for professional sports teams and competitors.

Pre-Physical Therapy: Lay the groundwork for a career as a physical therapist. You’ll gain experience working with high-level athletes, patients with everyday health issues, cancer survivors, and everyone in between.

Program Details

Our commitment to a robust education requires you to do more—more experiential learning, more lab-based research, more classroom collaborations—so you can be more—more practiced in exercise science and kinesiology, more equipped for lifelong learning, more remarkable in the eyes of potential employers.


Review all courses for the 120-credit-hour exercise science major.

Accentuate your classroom learning experience with hands-on practice. You’ll get ready for your career—and start making connections in the field—with organizations like:

  • Building Up Sports Academy
  • CrossFitt Navigate
  • Forest Hill High School
  • Jupiter Medical Center
  • Kings Academy
  • Lake Worth Golf Course
  • National Training Center (Orlando Health)
  • Paley Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Institute
  • South Olive Recreation
  • Vinceremoss
  • YMCA of West Palm Beach

Cultivate your professional, civic, and faith-based duties and goals through PBA’s uniquely Christ-centered general education program. You’ll engage in biblical studies, communication, humanities and fine arts, mathematics and sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and global studies. 

Learn more about expanding your understanding of the world at PBA.

Gain essential competencies in courses covering CPR and first aid, nutrition, kinesiology, biomechanics, statistics, clinical physiology, psychology, biology, and human anatomy. You’ll then choose electives that pave the way for your career goals in areas like psychology of sport, biochemistry, motor development, physics, and abnormal psychology.

Take advantage of our streamlined pathway for Associate of Arts (AA) degree holders. When you transfer to PBA, you’ll collaborate with an academic advisor to confirm your transfer credits and lay out your transfer student degree plan.


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Exercise science is an entry point for a broad variety of career paths: coach, athletic scout, fitness trainer, exercise physiologist, physical therapist, athletic trainer, and more. All of these professions are experiencing rapid growth—for example, demand for fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow by 14% over the next decade. Entry-level positions like exercise physiologists earn around $51,000 per year, while physical therapists average nearly $98,000 annually.


At PBA, we empower you to pursue whatever specialization and path best matches your passions. Our graduates go on to leading graduate programs at places like Florida Atlantic University, Southern Florida University, and Colorado State University, as well as exciting professional roles at:


  • Crossfit City Place
  • Florida Panthers (NHL)
  • Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
  • Paley Institute
  • Palm Beach County Schools
  • S. Marine Corps
  • The Breakers Resort
  • University of Miami Women’s Basketball
  • West Palm Beach Police Department
  • YMCA

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