- exercise programming specialization


The exercise programming specialization is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers based upon their interest. The curriculum is focused on 'hands-on' learning and the application of concepts that assists students with their transition into their chosen career or graduate program. The specialization is unique in that it allows students not only one, but two distinct field experiences, including a culminating internship that prepares students to enter the workforce with experience and confidence.   

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Display knowledge, skills, and abilities to screen, test, prescribe, motivate, counsel, educate, and individualize muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory training, and/or other physical fitness and lifestyle programs for normal and special populations;

2. Understand the scientific bases of exercise programming, not limited to but including exercise physiology, human anatomy, biomechanics, care and prevention of injuries, safety and emergency procedures, and basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid for exercise settings;

3. Demonstrate use of administrative content, and facilities and equipment information in exercise programming.

The course requirements for the exercise programming specialization can be found within the current exercise science checksheet:




Each semester, students completing the capstone internship are asked to complete a Graduate Survey provided by the Committee on the Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Spring 2017 BGSU interns (29 out of 36 responding) had very positive ratings of their experiences in the EXSC-Exercise Programming Specialization with a compositie mean of  4.6 +/-.91 on a 5-point scale with 5 being “Strongly Agree”. Students’ open-ended responses indicated students believe “the faculty are knowledgeable and helpful”. They also indicated that the introductory and capstone internships were strengths of the program.