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Exercise Science

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Exercise Science

Exercise science is the study of the practices, behaviors and physical processes that create health and well-being. The exercise science major at Linfield builds upon a foundation in core sciences with applied health and the study of human movement.

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As an exercise science major at Linfield

You might take:

Physiological Basis of Exercise, Training, and Conditioning

Understand the basic physiological adaptations of exercise to properly design sound aerobic and resistance training programs. (HHPA 360)

Applied Biomechanics

Learn the mechanical influences for muscle, bone, and joint health and apply these principles to human movement in health and performance. (HHPA 445)

Applied Exercise Physiology

Master clinical and environmental aspects of exercise science to examine healthy and disease populations. (HHPA 482)

Studying exercise science at Linfield

Beyond the classroom

  • Sharpen your skills in our exercise science, anatomy and physiology labs.

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  • Conduct collaborative research with faculty and present your findings on the topic of your choice at our Student Symposium.

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  • Teach a weekly physical activity class to local children.

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  • Gain hands-on experience helping within our local community.

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  • Travel to national conferences with your peers.

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Life After Linfield

You will leave prepared for a career in areas such as:


  • Research Assistant
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Tax specialist


  • Physical Therapist
  • Registered nurse
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician’s Assistant


Estimate wage: $67k

Estimate of what Linfield exercise science alumni could be making based on their current ages, occupations and geographic locations.

Potential wage: $88k

The potential wage is based on the average wage for the occupations.

Top career paths

The top five education-to-career paths of Linfield exercise science alumni include:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Research Assistant
  • Owner
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Registered Nurse


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Jeff McNamee
Jeff McNamee
Department Chair and Professor
HHPA Complex