Exercise Science

BS in Kinesiology

If you are interested in helping people improve their overall health through fitness, TWU’s BS in Kinesiology focused on Exercise Science is the program for you. After taking courses such as exercise testing and physiology, sports and fitness management, and sports nutrition, you will participate in internships focused on rehabilitation and fitness.

Want to become an occupational therapist? You can take the prerequisites for Occupational Therapy school in this program.

This program is offered on our Denton campus.

Careers & Salaries

Specializing in exercise science opens opportunities in both the cardiac rehabilitation and corporate fitness fields, as well as prepares you for graduate studies in exercise physiology, biomechanics, occupational therapy and other allied health fields.

Salaries in these professions vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $31,000 for personal trainers and $41,000 for exercise physiologists, with those specializing in cardiology often earning 20 percent more.

Why Exercise Science at TWU?

This program highlights experiential learning – or learning by doing. You will take courses where you get hands-on experience analyzing motion in a high-tech biomechanics lab, measuring oxygen consumption during exercise and reading electrocardiograms in the exercise physiology lab. You also will develop skills using state-of-the art equipment.

This program’s coursework requires you to work directly with children with special needs and older adults at risk for diabetes. You will have experience that will set you apart from your peers once you graduate with this degree from Texas Woman’s.

Comprehensive Understanding of Human Physiology: An undergraduate program in exercise science provides a deep and comprehensive understanding of human physiology, particularly related to exercise and physical activity. This knowledge equips students with insights into how the body responds to exercise, including aspects like cardiovascular function, muscle physiology and biomechanics. 

Prepare for Diverse Career Opportunities: A degree in exercise science opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities in the health and fitness industry. Graduates can pursue careers as fitness trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, sports coaches, and athletic trainers, or pursue advanced degrees in fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, sports medicine or nutrition. The versatility of this degree allows students to choose from various career paths based on their interests and goals.

Contribute to Health and Well-being: Studying exercise science enables individuals to positively impact the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Graduates have the knowledge and skills to promote healthier lifestyles, prevent chronic diseases, and improve overall quality of life through physical activity and exercise. 

Program Requirements

This program requires 120 hours. Upper-level courses focus on exercise physiology, exercise testing, biomechanics and sport psychology. As a student in this program, you will complete internship of 350 hours or more in cardiac rehabilitation or corporate fitness.

A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required to be placed in an internship and to graduate.

See full program requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission

When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076

For more information

Dennise Mendez
Coordinator of Academic Advising, School of Health Promotion & Kinesiology
Undergraduate Academic Advisor II
Office: PH 212
P: 940 898 2606

Angel Ahlbrandt
Academic Advisor II
Office: PH 210
P: 940 898 2988

Shaun Stokes
Academic Advisor II
Office: PH 211
Phone: 940-898-2431
Email: sstokes3@twu.edu 

Page last updated 8:48 AM, May 30, 2024