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At a Glance

Program Credit Hours

60 – 64 credit hours

  • General Education: 44
  • Major / Concentration: 18
  • Exercise Science Internship

Standard Completion Time

  • 2 Years


  • HLC

Exercise Science

Why Study Exercise Science?

Exercise Science is the study of anatomy, physiology, and the mechanics of human body movement. Earning a degree in this field enables you to assist people to be more active, move and navigate through activities better, and to live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition. In exercise science you will build knowledge in physiology, chemistry, and psychology. But you will also gain skills in first aid, performance improvement, coaching, wellness promotion and safety.

Exercise Science can be used to launch a career in athletic training, personal training, group exercise instructor, coaching, strength and conditioning specialist, physical education teacher, recreation director and sports management. Your degree can prepare you as an occupational therapy assistant, as a physical therapy assistant, or for transfer to bachelors programs in related fields in nearby universities.

The primary goals of the Exercise Science program are demonstrate an understanding of general principles of exercise science concepts, ability to apply basic nutrition and weight management, and an understanding of safety, injury prevention and emergency procedures.

There are also many bachelor programs available such as Personal Training, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Athletic Training that the Associate’s Degree coursework in Exercise Science prepares you for.

What are Your Career Options?

  • Adventure Sports Director
  • Fitness Worker
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Recreational Sports Director
  • And More!


The following is an example of the Ancilla Exercise Science Program semester curriculum and is subject to change.

Usual First Semester Courses

  • Public Speaking
  • Writing I
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • First Aid & Emergency Procedures
  • Medical Terminology

Usual Second Semester Courses

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Computer Literacy
  • Writing II
  • College Algebra
  • Intro to Exercise Science

Usual Third Semester Courses

  • General Psychology
  • an ECON, HIST, PSCI or SOC Course
  • General Chemistry
  • Principles & Practices of Exercise Science
  • Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Usual Fourth Semester Courses

  • ART, MUS, or SPAN Course
  • Literature Course
  • REL or PHIL Course
  • ECON, HIST, PSCI or SOC Course
  • Exercise Science Internship


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

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Location: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.

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