Academics

Exercise Science

Concordia University Chicago's exercise science program is housed in the College of Artsand Sciences, which is based in the liberal arts. An Exercise Science degree will prepare you to serve and lead in today’s world.

Program Overview

Faculty in the Department of Human Performance are knowledgeable and experienced in their respective areas of expertise. More important, they look to serve and impact the lives of others. As a Concordia-Chicago student, you will learn about the multi-dimensional aspect of fitness and wellness, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise and evaluation and exercise testing and prescription.

These basics are further expanded upon as you progress through the course of your studies preparing you to enter the professional world. At CUC, our classes are small and encourage hands-on learning. You will work closely with the faculty, who will help you throughout your entire college career. Faculty will be able and willing to work with you individually to discuss assignments and career decisions, while ensuring you receive a quality experience at CUC.

General Course Overview

As an exercise science major, you will be required to take courses in:

  • fitness and wellness
  • weight training 
  • cardiovascular activities
  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • kinesiology 
  • measurement and evaluation
  • physiology of exercise
  • fitness testing
  • exercise prescription 
  • a management or marketing course

As you enter your senior year you will be required to complete a 300 hour practicum experience. This practicum will allow you the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in your classes as you continue to build on your knowledge base.

Some recent practicum sites include Athletico Physical Therapy, Chicago Rush Arena Football, Gottlieb Health and Fitness Center, Shriner’s Hospital and area Park Districts.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

Today, fitness is increasingly important in the daily lives of individuals. Our program gives you the opportunity to excel in fitness professions in a variety of organizations in an ever expanding career field. Job opportunities for graduates include:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Fitness Director
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Coach
  • Corporate Fitness Trainer
  • Sport Specific Conditioning Specialist

Some students also choose to pursue graduate studies leading to careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical exercise physiologist, athletic training and other related fields.

Learning Resources

There are a variety of resources available to those studying Exercise Science. The Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium has two gymnasiums, an athletic training room and a human performance laboratory. CUC’s human performance laboratory is equipped with health and sports-related equipment including treadmills, bicycles, cross-country ski machines and rowing machines. A testing laboratory is equipped with appropriate computerized data collection equipment, a state-of-the-art Peak Performance motion analyzing system, and a Breath-by-Breath Computerized Metabolic System.

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