Exercise Science - FAQ's

What is Exercise Science all about?
Exercise Science is the study of human movement. This means that anything having to do with how humans move their bodies is part of the field of Exercise Science. This obviously encompasses many of fields of study, and may include: scientific investigation of muscle activity during weightlifting, how movement strategies are learned by a basketball player or dancer, principles of how the human body can be trained to withstand the rigors of a 26.2 mile marathon, or the social and psychological aspects of a spectator to player interaction in the seventh game of the world series. Exercise Science includes a wide variety of fields for people with a wide variety of interests.

What can I do with a degree in Exercise Science?
A degree in Exercise Science offers a wide variety of career choices, from coaching to research to industry jobs. Feel free to peruse the careers page to find out more.

What careers do most current EXSI majors pursue?
Currently, many of our majors are interested in either teaching or coaching careers, but our graduates end up in a wide variety of careers, such as fitness instruction or industry. One recent graduate is a CEO of his own fitness company. Another is developing a youth soccer training program in the Hill Country area. With the addition of the B.S. in Exercise Science degree plan, we expect a growing number of our majors to be interested in science or research based careers.

As an EXSI major, what else will I leave Schreiner with besides a degree?
Some majors choose to take a new course entitled "Certification Preparation" which involves individual preparation to take certification exams such as the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or Health and Fitness Instructor exams. These are the most widely recognized certifications in the field, and graduates with these credentials are better equipped not only to successfully obtain fitness-related jobs, but also to be successful in them.

Does everyone have to go to graduate school to get a job?
Although many career paths are now requiring a higher level of education, such as a master's degree, graduate school is not necessarily required for employment. However, the specialized education that a master's degree can offer will result in increased job competency and often higher pay. Ask your advisor about graduate school opportunities in your field of interest or do some research yourself by perusing the ACSM's searchable listing of graduate schools in Exercise Science.

Can I get into medical school with a degree in exercise science?
Yes. With only a few elective courses, the recipient of a B.S. in Exercise Science can complete all of the prerequisites needed to apply to most medical schools.

Is it likely I will graduate in four years?
An important question. Our B.S. and B.A. degree plans feature 120 hours, meaning students averaging 15 hours per semester will graduate 'on time'. This is usually 4-5 classes each semester. The teaching certificate coupled with the B.A. degree requires 125 hours, but this can be easily compensated for by taking a few extra hours in the summer or during the regular term. Your advisor will insure that you have every chance to complete your degree in a four-year time period.

More questions?
Contact Dr. Tom Wells at (830) 792-7429 or via email tomwells@schreiner.edu for more information.

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