Bachelors Degree In Exercise Science Fitness Specialist Liberty University
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Aug 19, 2024

Join the Fitness Movement with an Exercise Science: Fitness Specialist Degree

Have you always been passionate about fitness and improving the lives of others? We’re passionate about that too, and more importantly about helping you find a degree that furthers your career goals! Our exercise science – fitness specialist degree provides the training you need to pair your passions with a future career you’ll love.

Exercise science is a challenging program and an exciting industry. Pursuing our fitness specialist degree gives you the opportunity to start your career upon graduation or be prepared to enter graduate school. Throughout this degree, you’ll be equipped to work as an exercise physiologist or fitness specialist in wellness centers, medical clinics, fitness facilities, and human performance labs.

Don’t wait any longer! We’ll assist you in living out your dream of being a champion for fitness.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Exercise Science: Fitness Specialist Degree?

Figuring out what degree you should pursue is a big decision. At Liberty, our goal is to provide you with a top-notch education so that you are ready to start your career after graduating.

Here’s what choosing our exercise science degree with a specialization in fitness specialist degree means for you:

  • Our program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), meaning it is both highly esteemed as well as recognized by employers and graduate schools.
  • All of our professors have years of experience in the field and have earned his or her doctorate in a related program.
  • You’ll gain hands-on experience with required labs, a practicum, and an optional internship.
  • Use top facilities including our Human Performance Lab, Motion Analysis Lab, Functional Assessment Labs, and Standardized Patient Assessment Labs.

Your degree is just as important to us as it is to you. And we’re excited to welcome you into the Liberty family. That’s why we have made every effort to ensure you are getting all the resources and skills you need to be successful in your program and your future career.

What Will You Learn in Our Exercise Science: Fitness Specialist Degree?

Our exercise science program prepares you to enter the field as an exercise physiologist or fitness specialist. How will you get there? Some of the foundational exercise science courses you’ll take in this degree cover topics like musculoskeletal terminology, physiology, health kinesiology, strength training and conditioning, biomechanics, and more!

Our fitness specialist track provides additional training in sports injuries, human movement, group exercise, and physical education. With knowledge in these areas, you’ll be well-equipped for your career in fitness.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information about what you’ll learn!

Featured Courses

EXSC 101 – Introduction to Exercise Science

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An overview of the professions in the field of exercise science
  • Career opportunities within exercise science and allied health
  • Various aspects of careers, determining requirements for advanced study, and learning what coursework would be appropriate for the different career paths

EXSC 310 – Physiology of Exercise

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A study of the effects of exercise on the major systems of the human body including cardiorespiratory, neuro-muscular, glandular and digestive
  • Other effects influencing human exercise, including climate, altitude, and ergogenic aids

EXSC 350 – Biomechanics

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Foundational knowledge of basic mechanical principles and how these can be applied in analyzing movements of the human body
  • An integrated balance of qualitative and quantitative examples, applications, and problems designed to illustrate the mechanical principles discussed

EXSC 461 – Exercise Leadership

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Necessary leadership qualities and skills expected for leading exercise activities
  • Development of professional competencies through classroom instruction, as well as observational and practical experiences
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Highlights of Our Exercise Science – Fitness Specialist Degree

  • Our exercise science program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Every professor has years of experience and has earned his or her doctorate in a related field.
  • You are guaranteed hands-on experience with laboratory, practicum, and internship opportunities.
  • Our Human Performance Lab, Motion Analysis Lab, Functional Assessment Labs, and Standardized Patient Assessment Labs will ensure you are on the cutting edge of technology in your field.
  • Our students exceed the national pass rate on the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam (ACSM C-EP), National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam (NSCA CSCS), and State Board of Certification Athletic Training Licensing Exam.

Exercise Science – Fitness Specialist Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Exercise Science – Fitness Specialist Graduates

  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation fitness specialist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness/wellness facility owner/operator
  • Personal trainer

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.

The Exercise Science program has additional admission requirements to be admitted to the program. For more information, review our Admission and Retention Guidelines.