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Exercise Science

Program Overview


What's the Difference? Exercise Science vs. Exercise & Wellness


Exercise science is the study of chemistry, physics, foundational and advanced human musculoskeletal anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, , in the context of human physical activity and exercise, and movement impairments. Exercise scientists consider how the body responds to acute and chronic bouts of physical activity and exercise. The impact that physical activity and exercise have on one’s capacity to do work, physical performance, as well as its impact on health and disease makes study of this discipline rewarding. Along with a limited variety of professions related directly to physical activity and exercise, this BYU program prepares students for entry into graduate school in one of the disciplines related to exercise science or one of the healthcare professional schools.

Program Summary

Program Credits: 59.5 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: PDBio 120

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

Beyond The Classroom

Engaging in internships, mentored research, associations and clubs related to your program is an important step in linking your education with the real world. These experiences enhance your education and prepare you for both further schooling and your future career.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

With a Bachelors

  • Recreational Therapist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Medical Sales
  • Exercise Physiologist

With a Masters

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Dietitian
  • Orthoptist
  • Prosthetist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Biomechanist

Potential Employers

Student Advisor Assignments

Carol Stepan: Last names A–G
Lisa Buzan: Last names H–O
Gale Larson: Last names P–Z

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Carol Stepan

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Carol grew up in a large family in rural Ohio, where her chores included milking goats and taking care of chickens. She became the first member of her family to obtain a college degree, and as a first generation college graduate, she can be a great resource to other first-gen students. In her words, “I enjoy helping students explore their possibilities and discover that I’m their advocate.”

She enjoys spending time with her five children and two grandchildren. Besides her children, she says one of her other greatest achievement in life is getting her master’s degree.

Before working at Life Sciences Advisement, Carol had experience working as a high school counselor, a BYU admissions counselor, and an academic advisor in the BYU Salt Lake Center.

Carol advises students in the Exercise Science major with last names starting with A-G.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Carol, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Lisa Buzan

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Lisa grew up in Michigan and is proud to be from the state that gave us Motown music, Ford motor cars, Greenfield Village, Mackinac Island, and Kellogg’s corn flakes.

After coming to BYU, where she received a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, she moved on and spent time living in California’s San Fernando Valley as well as Las Vegas before returning to BYU as an academic advisor.

Lisa once went skydiving and would do it again in a heartbeat! She also enjoys movies, plays, museums, historical sites, genealogy, and “cat naps” with her cat, Goodwin.

Lisa advises students in the Exercise Science major with last names starting with H-O.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Lisa, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Gale Larson

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Gale. Loves. Students. Besides being a student herself for many years while working on her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she also spent many years as a Spanish teacher. From her own words: “my students teach me so much! They are my heroes and are great examples!”

Aside from her exceptional talent in advising students, Gale is also a skilled pianist and singer. You can find her sharing her musical talents at her local church congregation, in which she loves attending with her husband. She also loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Having multiple deaf family members, language and inclusion are very important to Gale. She signs and speaks Spanish.

Gale advises students in the Exercise Science major with last names starting with P-Z.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Gale, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.