Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences B.A.Sc.

Program Type
Bachelor of Applied Science
Applied Human Sciences
College of Education and Human Service Professions

About this Program

The Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences major at UMD engages students in the study of human movement, broadly encompassing the biomechanical, physiological, and psychological adaptations that occur as a result of physical activity and regular exercise.

Students in this major are encouraged to develop as active scholars and participate in undergraduate research. Foundations in science, mathematics, and critical thinking are the basis for this applied science program. 

Introductory coursework includes biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Students then move to anatomy and physiology followed by upper-division core exercise science coursework in Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Motor Learning laboratories. Many required courses have graded laboratory components conducted with state-of-the-art equipment in the laboratories. Students gain practical experience in electrocardiography, exercise testing, exercise supervision, applied nutrition, and strength and conditioning procedures in managed learning environments. 

Program Highlights

  • Coursework required in both foundational and applied sciences.
  • Prepares students for further study in many allied health professions: physical therapy, physician assistant, medicine, athletic training, and more.
  • Typical class size for upper- division courses is 36 students.
  • Students gain experience working hands-on with peers, faculty/staff clients, and seniors through the University of Seniors program. 

Program Accreditation

The Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences major at the University of Minnesota Duluth is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). The National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP) has recognized UMD's Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences major as an approved strength and conditioning undergraduate curricula designed to prepare students for the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer and/or NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certifications.

Acquired Skills

Students participate in hands-on learning through valuable capstone experiences, including serving as personal trainers for an adult fitness program and conducting independent research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. Presenting these projects at local, state, and national professional meetings, provides students with an unparalleled opportunity for personal growth and professional development.

Career Possibilities

The Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences curriculum is designed to provide foundational knowledge to prepare students for the next phase of their education or future employment, such as:

  • Allied Health careers (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Athletic Training)
  • Medical careers (Doctor of Medicine (MD), Nursing, Physician Assistant)
  • Graduate study in Exercise Science
  • Entry-level employment in health & fitness
  • Certification or licensure examinations

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Admissions and Scholarships

Students in CEHSP are eligible for more than 100 scholarships each academic year typically totaling $370,000 annually.  For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the CEHSP scholarship webpage.

Student Clubs

  • Exercise Science Club

Faculty Highlights

  • Actively conduct, present, and publish research
  • Offer numerous opportunities for students to participate in research
  • Faculty have won campus and college awards for outstanding teaching, research, advising, and service
  • Active members of the American College of Sports Medicine