Exercise Science

A passion for helping others

If you love the study of the human body, enjoy health and fitness, and have a passion for helping others, the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (EXS) at Murray State University is for you.

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The field of exercise science is multidisciplinary; and applies the scientific principles of biology, physiology, chemistry, psychology, etc. to understand human movement and provide the basis for evidence-based practice to prevent injury, improve function and performance, and enhance health and fitness.

The curriculum will provide you with a strong foundation for success in graduate coursework in:

  • Athletic Training
  • Chiropractic 
  • Exercise Physiology/Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Medical School
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Practitioner Programs
  • Physician Assistance Studies
  • Physical Therapy
  • And more


The Exercise Science program at Murray State University is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of the Exercise Sciences.

As an accredited program, the curriculum will also prepare you to immediately sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist exam and immediately pursue a career in the field to include jobs in cardiac rehabilitation, hospital-based health and fitness centers, and strength and conditioning.

Choose from two degree tracks:

Exercise Physiology Track

Pre-Health Professional Track

The curriculum for both tracks includes 51 hours of required core exercise science classes, which includes an internship experience and integrates several common pre-requisites for graduate school, and 27 hours of profession-specific elective courses that can be used to fulfill additional pre-requisites, a minor, or discover new skills or interests.  Additional courses are required to meet the University Studies requirements for a total of 120 credit hours.

The program also offers an accelerated graduate program option for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program.

Exercise Science 4-Year Progression 2022-2023

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Why Exercise Science at Murray State?

  • Provides coursework and labs that focus on experiential learning and the application of practical skills.
  • Lab courses are taught by experienced, full-time faculty who are committed to help you achieve your goals.
  • A wide variety of rewarding practicum and internship experiences are offered both on and off campus to meet your needs and interests.
  • Peer mentoring

Program Outcomes

(a) Year (tracking period) (b) Declared EXS Students (c) Admitted EXS Students (d) Number of New Admits (e) Number of Graduates (f) Retention Rate (g) National Credentialing Exam Pass Rate (h) Culminating experience (Internship) Pass Rate (i) Graduate Placement
2022-2023 AY 151 F22 135 S23 69 34 23 89% 100% 23 87%
2021-2022 AY 140 F21 118 S22       48 25 18 84% 100% 18 94%
2020-2021 AY 131 F20 106 S21 58 22 24 81% 100% 24 92%

Contact Us

Exercise Science

School of Nursing and Health Professions
Murray State University

408-B Oakley Applied Science Building, North


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