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Welcome to the exercise science program page at Bowling Green State University. We are a nationally accredited program in northwest Ohio located 30 minutes south of Toledo. Our program offers students the opportunity to study with accomplished and dedicated faculty who prepare you for a range of health science careers. Most popularly, our students go on to work in areas such as corporate and private fitness, physical and occupational therapy, athletic training, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and personal training. The exercise science major at BGSU features foundational and professional courses that prepare you to think critically, communicate clearly and effectively, appreciate human diversity and become an exercise or health science leader of the future. Our program boasts a low faculty-student ratio, which allows you to get to know your professors and presents many opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. Our program ensures you can “do what you know.”

As an exercise science student, you will actively participate in hands-on laboratory experiences within our state-of-the-art exercise physiology and biomechanics/motor behavior laboratories. One of the greatest strengths of our program is our students’ participation in field experience opportunities in a professional exercise or health science setting. We regularly have students work with Verizon, Owens Corning, Progressive Insurance, USAA Insurance, University of Toledo Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, St. Rita’s in Lima, Cleveland Clinic Hospitals and dozens of other sites in Ohio and throughout the region and across the country.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the Exercise Science program are expected to:

  • Discuss the interdisciplinary nature of and primary concepts in exercise science;
  • Observe, analyze, and critique movement and physical activities and their outcomes, integrating the information and concepts from the subdisciplines of exercise science;
  • Apply the scientific bases of the care and prevention of injuries, safety, and emergency procedures, and basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid to exercise settings;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using technology utilization and in written and oral communication;
  • Explain the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle for maintaining a high level of physical well-being and personal excellence;
  • Demonstrate clear, logical thinking in professional decision making.

Exercise Programming Specialization
In addition, those students selecting the Exercise Programming Specialization complete the culminating experience of a 15 credit hour internship, and are also held responsible for these learning outcomes:

·       Apply appropriate knowledge and skills to individually assess, evaluate, and intervene with muscular strength, endurance, and cardiorespiratory training, and/or physical fitness and exercise programs for normal and special populations;

·       Transfer concepts from the scientific bases of exercise science (including exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning/development, and human anatomy) to practices in exercise programming;

·       Relate administrative content, facilities, and equipment information to practices in exercise programming.

Sports Medicine Specialization

  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to perform examinations, assessments, and diagnoses of orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries;
  • Transfer concepts from the scientific bases of sports medicine to therapeutic interventions, health-related emergency situations, and clinical decision-making in the sports medicine setting.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Exercise Science program is accredited by Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences-Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CoAES-CAAHEP) and is in good standing. For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Exercise Science program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Exercise Science program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


  • Sports Medicine
  • Exercise Programming