A Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science provides exciting opportunities for individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in any of the diverse fields in the discipline. The curriculum is designed to provide academic content and hands-on training and is delivered through classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as applied practical experiences. Community interaction may occur in various settings, including health and sports medicine clinics, corporations and industrial settings, health clubs, rehabilitation centers, and other nontraditional settings.

Program Objectives

  1. Prepare graduates to work in a variety of health, fitness, and rehabilitation settings
  2. Educate students to work with diverse populations and various health and fitness backgrounds
  3. Foster strong interpersonal and communication skills that promotes professional and personal citizenship in students
  4. Develop scientific and practical skills that enable graduates to pursue post-baccalaureate degrees
  5. Provide graduates for the Illinois allied health workforce, especially in central Illinois

Student Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program a graduate will be able to:

  1. Incorporate foundational knowledge and skills related to the respective content areas in developing, implementing, managing and evaluating human performance programs.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of communication methods and in human relations/interpersonal skills, such as motivating, counseling, and working effectively in a team environment.
  3. Understand the scientific method and its application together with critical thinking and analytical skills to solve problems related to kinesiology, health promotion, physical activity, disease management, and professional healthcare programs.
  4. Understand and analyze the clinical and epidemiological evidence linking physical activity and exercise to human health, and various approaches to the delivery of physical activity and health programs in diverse settings.
  5. Identify and portray ethical considerations and behaviors and engage in social justice related to the sub-disciplines within the field of exercise science.
  6. Implement research as a process of inquiry and critical thinking; identify and evaluate suitable sources; conduct searches strategically; use and communicate information appropriately; and recognize that information has value.

EXR Curriculum Map

In 2019, the EXR Faculty mapped out the curriculum in an effort to align instruction with the program’s learning outcomes. 

Exercise is Medicine on Campus

In October 2018, UIS became an approved Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) program. The premise of this program branches off the American College of Sports Medicine global health initiative, Exercise is Medicine® (EIM), that encourages regular physical activity to promote optimal health, and include assessment as part of the health care model.

The UIS EIM-OC team includes faculty, staff, and students from the Counseling CenterHealth ServicesCampus Recreation, and the Department of Allied Health who are working together to improve the health and wellness of our UIS Community.

In March 2021, the UIS EIM-OC program was officially recognized as a SILVER Campus! In addition, the efforts put forth by the EIM-OC Team during the pandemic awarded us the 2021 COVID-19 Conqueror badge!

This status was reached due to the efforts and wonderful events held across the University to help spread the word that…    #ExerciseIsMedicine!

Looking to be more active?

  • Campus Walk/Jog Maps: Have you ever wondered how far a particular loop around campus is? Campus Recreation has created a list of different loops around campus. Whether you are a walker, jogger or biker, we have an on-campus route that you can enjoy.
  • The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC): The state-of-the-art Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) opened in Fall 2007.  This 72,000 gross-square-foot facility is managed by the Department of Campus Recreation and houses the offices of UIS Intercollegiate Athletics.  TRAC boasts a 23,000 square foot arena available for multiple indoor sports, three fitness areas, a Multi-Purpose Room and two racquetball/squash courts.
  • StarBikes Program: This is a program provided to UIS Students to promote health and wellness on campus.  Students can check out a bike for a limited time via Campus Recreation for use on campus or around town.
  • Disc Golf Course:  The 18-hole campus disc golf course is perfect for any skill level player. All students, faculty, staff, and Springfield community members are invited to use the course free of charge.  Discs can be checked out by UIS students from TRAC during regular operating hours.
  • Additional Campus Recreation facilities: Campus Recreation manages multiple indoor and outdoor facilities on the UIS campus. Campus Recreation offers use of these facilities for Informal Recreation, Intramural Sports, and reservation by the UIS Community members and organizations for University use.

Past Events

October was Exercise Is Medicine on Campus Month! We held various events throughout the month to get students, staff and faculty more active! Of course, we celebrate the initiatives that get us to be a more active and healthy campus!  And, be sure to check out Orion in the 2019 EIM-OC Mascot Challenge!

Exercise Science is a division of the Department of Allied Health in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.