Exercise Science Major

Gain hands-on laboratory training and first-hand clinical experience.

Whether you're passionate about athletics, fitness training, or sports ministry, Houghton’s major in exercise science allows you to combine your passion with valuable training in physical therapy and exercise physiology. Our bachelor’s degree in exercise science takes advantage of the college’s participation in NCAA Division III Athletics, giving you plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience.

Why Major in Exercise Science?

Through Houghton’s exercise science program, you will be able to apply critical analysis and hands-on experiences to evaluate health concerns and fitness-related injuries. You will engage in knowledgeable and respectful discussion of policies and procedures, including the particular challenges and opportunities of rural and age-appropriate approaches to exercise science.

Major Tracks

Plan Ahead For Your Postgraduate Studies

Houghton University has a collaborative agreement with D'Youville University and Messiah University for a select group of students to gain entry to Doctorate and Master progams upon graduation from Houghton.

  • D'Youville - Doctorate of Physical Therapy (4+3) and Master in Occupational Therapy (4+3)
  • Messiah - Doctorate of Physical Therapy (4+3) and Master in Athletic Training (4+2)
Learn more about these special admission agreements

Certifications Available

Choose to be certified in multiple areas through recognized leaders in the industry. Many of the certifications are integrated into the coursework. Certifications may require additional training and certification exams.

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
Testing Policy

Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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