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Exercise Science BS Degree

Schreiner University offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Exercise Science. Exercise Science is the study of scientific applications to human movements and performance. Since it is the means to all accomplishments, movement is one of the most important things that man does. The study of Exercise Science seeks to determine the physiological, psychological, and sociological factors influencing simple movement and/or exercise. The program emphasizes the scientific application of these factors to human performance. The ability to logically and scientifically analyze and evaluate human performance is
useful in many areas.

Many professional possibilities exist in the area of Exercise Science, and more are becoming available each year. Some students elect to pursue a teaching certificate in order to teach Physical Education in public or private schools. Other students may choose to work as exercise leaders or fitness directors in private athletic facilities or corporate fitness programs.

There are two tracks in Exercise Science: Fitness and Wellness Track and Pre-professional track.
- If you are interested in strength and conditioning, personal training, becoming a physical education teacher, directing corporate fitness programs, working in health promotion, or working as an exercise technician in Cardiac Rehabilitation you could pursue the Fitness and Wellness option.
- If you are interested in a career in medicine, physical or occupational therapy, academia (Master’s or PhD. Programs), human performance research, or disease management of cardiac, pulmonary or metabolic diseases you could pursue Pre-professional track.

For Fitness and Wellness: EXSI 3320, 3321, 3324, 3326, 4323, 4325, 4327, 4422 and 4426.

For Pre-professional: BIOL 3360, EXSI 3307, 3320, 3321, 3324, 4323, 4395, 4422, and 4426.

In addition, EXSI 2302 is recommended.

Students seeking teacher certification in physical education (EXSI) should consult the Teacher Education section of this catalog for specific course selection.

Schreiner also offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sport Management.

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Curriculum Guides
BS Exercise Science - Fitness and Wellness Track
BS Exercise Science - Pre-professional Track

Sport Management

  • >> Careers in Exercise Science

    Schreiner University’s Exercise Science curriculum provides education in the science of exercise and wellness and includes competency in the skills needed to develop customized exercise programs for people in clinical, health, wellness, and/or athletic settings. It prepares students for a variety of health-related professions and also for graduate school. This major prepares students for national certification in personal training, strength and conditioning, and many other health and fitness pursuits.

    Exercise Science & Sport Management

    An Exercise Science major may seek employment in a number of areas. Jobs exist in the private and public sectors. Some examples include:

    Personal Trainer
    Athletic Enhancement Programs
    Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    Exercise Test Technologist
    Working in various phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation
    Working within a Corporate Wellness Program
    Working for a private company that "farms out" employees to a number of corporations
    Private Sports Medicine Clinics
    Commercial Health and Fitness Facilities
    State and Federal Wellness Programs
    Community Health and Fitness Programs
    Physician's Private Practice
    Physical Therapy
    Occupational Therapy
    Medical School

    As you can see the career potential for the Exercise Science major is quite diverse. Success will depend upon their education and their drive to succeed. As the U.S. population continues to age, the number of career opportunities for Exercise Science professional continues to grow.

    Dr. Kyle Busing, Adam Lopez and Will Ramon ’12

    Left to right, Dr. Kyle Busing, Adam Lopez and Will Ramon ’12 take time to pose during a recent visit to campus in which Lopez underwent fitness testing by Busing and his students. Ramon is Lopez’s strength and conditioning coach.

    Will Ramon ’12 is putting his degree in exercise science to great use. Ramon, a strength and conditioning coach, is training professional boxer Adam Lopez for his upcoming fight, which will be broadcast March 13, 2015, on Showtime. Ramon and Lopez recently visited the Schreiner University campus so Lopez could undergo fitness testing by Dr. Kyle Busing and his Exercise Prescription for Special Populations class. The students were able to observe and assist with the testing which included a body composition measurement using the BOD POD and a VO2 max test.

    Many of our exercise science and sport management students choose to combine their degree with a career in education and—through Schreiner’s unique 5th Year Distinguished Educators—have  the opportunity to complete their Master’s Degree in only three additional semesters.  This curriculum is a hybrid curriculum utilizing both online and in-class experiences. Many students leave this program with additional certification in areas such as ESL, Bi-Lingual, Special Education, or content specializations like Physical Education.

    Exercise Science & Sport Management Degree

  • >> Facilities

    The Mountaineer Fitness Center (MFC) houses the Exercise Science and Sport Management classroom space along with an Exercise Physiology Lab that is home to new equipment including a recently-acquired Woodway treadmill and BodPod. The MFC complex also houses racquetball courts, a weight/workout room, a multi-purpose room, athletic training facilities, and a dance/aerobics room indoors with a swimming pool, soccer fields, baseball diamond, basketball courts, and tennis courts outdoors.

    Mountaineer Fitness Center Lab & equipment Mountaineer Fitness Center Lab & equipment Mountaineer Fitness Center Lab & equipment

  • >> 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. Kyle Busing at for more information.

  • >> Performance Articles

    "Thinking on their feet"
    By Joe Harrington
    Kerrville Daily Times (Oct 20, 2009)

    The articles below originally appeared in NSCA's Performance Training Journal, a publication of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. For a free subscription to the journal, browse to

    "Running Head: Female Athlete Triad, Eating Disorders"
    By Juan Gonzalez, PhD, CSCS and Aaron James
    Vol 8, Issue 6, NSCA's Performance Training Journal
    "Where Do Vegetarian Athletes Get Their Protein?"
    By Juan Gonzalez, PhD, CSCS and Ashley Eubanks
    Vol 8, Issue 6, NSCA's Performance Training Journal
    "At the Core of a Pitcher: Increasing Strength and Power for a Softball Pitcher"
    By Patsy Toman and Juan Gonzalez, PhD, CSCS
    "Periodization Training for Acrobatic Gymnastics"
    By Ashley Eubanks & Juan Gonzalez, PhD, CSCS, HFI
    "Balancing Power and Speed in Sprinting"
    By Juan Gonzalez, PhD, CSCS, and Danielle Gaitan
    "Speed Development in a 100-Meter Sprinter Using a Wetsuit"
    By Juan Gonzalez, PhD, CSCS, and Shannon Beckwith

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Christopher 'Riley' Bonilla Bonilla, Christopher ‘Riley’
Adjunct Instructor
Exercise Science and Sport Management
Office: Mountaineer Fitness Center
(830) 792-7412  |
Dr. Kyle Busing Busing, Dr. Kyle  bio
Associate Professor
Exercise Science and Sport Management
Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Office: Mountaineer Fitness Center 213
(830) 895-7118  |
Matt Goodwyn Goodwyn, Matt
Adjunct Instructor
Exercise Science and Sport Management
Office: CCAC
(830)-792-7330  |
Dr. Kristen McAlexander McAlexander, Dr. Kristen
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Office: Mountaineer Fitness Center 310
(830) 792-7477   |
Megan Mitchell Mitchell, Megan
Adjunct Instructor
Exercise Science and Sport Management
Office: Mountaineer Fitness Center 403
(830) 792-7406   |
Nickolaus Morrison Morrison, Nickolaus
Adjunct Instructor
Exercise Science and Sport Management
Office: Mountaineer Fitness Center 406
(830) 792-7449  |
Dr. Barry Shaw Shaw, Dr. Barry
Exercise Science and Sport Management
Office:  Weir 204
phone:  (830) 792-7421 |