Pursue a career in fitness, exercise, and physical performance and work with athletes, individuals, or people with health challenges

Whether it is fitness training at a gym or exercise physiology in a health care setting, an exercise science graduate helps people improve their health and wellness with physical activity. Through coursework and hands-on experience, students in the Loyola Exercise Science program will develop skills to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors, conduct fitness assessments, write exercise prescriptions, and motivate individuals to practice positive health behaviors.

Exercise science majors at Loyola can enroll in the five-year combined bachelor's/master's degree program and earn both degrees in only five years.

Our commitment to you

Graduates with a BS in Exercise Science degree will gain the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to start a career in an exercise-related field.


You will be able to understand and conduct fitness assessments and create and implement exercise prescriptions. Graduates are also prepared to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Physiologist Exam.


Graduates are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, as well as using effective oral and written communications within an interprofessional health care team.

Professional Values

You will  be able to motivate individuals to learn positive lifestyle behaviors to promote better health.

By the numbers


projected growth of the physical therapy field between 2020 and 2030; much faster than average among all occupations






Download the Exercise Science Curriculum 2021-2022. Learn more about the ES laboratories that offer the latest health and exercise science technology to students and faculty.

Exercise Science Prerequisites: 48 credits

  • BIOL 101/111 General Biology I Lecture/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 102/112 General Biology II Lecture/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 101/111 General Chemistry A Lecture/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 102/112 General Chemistry B Lecture/Lab (4)
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology (3)
  • STAT 103 Statistics (3)
  • PSYC 273 Developmental Psychology (3)
  • GNUR 155/155L Human Anatomy with lab (4)
  • GNUR 156/156L Human Physiology with lab (4)
  • PHYS 111/111L College Physics I Lecture/Lab (4)
  • PHYS 112/112L College Physics II Lecture/Lab (4)
  • EXCM 101 Introduction to Exercise Physiology (3)
  • EXCM 201 Physiology of Exercise Lecture/Lab (4)

Remaining University Core Curriculum: 36 credits

  • Artistic Knowledge (3)
  • Historical Knowledge (6)
  • Literary Knowledge (6)
  • Societal & Cultural Knowledge (6)
  • Theological Knowledge (6)
  • Quantitative Knowledge (3)
  • Philosophical Knowledge (3)
  • Ethics (3)

Exercise Science Major Course: 38 credits

Junior Year

  • Introduction to Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription with lab (3)
  • Special Populations (2)
  • Advanced Physiology (3)
  • Advanced Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription with lab (3)

Senior Year

  • Clinical Research Methods, Design & Ethics (3)
  • Program Design (2)
  • Movement Anatomy (3)
  • Sports Nutrition (3)
  • Therapeutic Exercise (3)
  • Clinical Internship & Patient Management (6)
  • Kinesiology & Sports Biomechanics (4)
  • Psychology of Health and Exercise (3)



Admission to Loyola University Chicago and the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health Exercise Science program is competitive and based on a number of different factors, including your academic transcript, class rank, ACT or SAT score, and a short essay. For more information about deadlines and the online application, visit Undergraduate Admission.

Recommended High School Courses

Applicants to the Parkinson School should complete the following courses in high school:

  • One unit of chemistry
  • One unit of biology
  • Two units of math (one in algebra, one in geometry)
  • Four units of English
  • One unit of social science
  • Four units in other courses (computers or Spanish recommended)
"Knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives and get them more independent or more mobile, that’s a really cool thing to be involved in. It directly relates to your quality of life."
-Allison Rydberg (BS '15) 


Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.



What is exercise science?

Exercise science is the study of human movement performed to maintain or improve physical fitness. Exercise science includes such subjects as biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, cardiac rehabilitation, athletic training, and fitness for special population groups.

What jobs are available for a BS in exercise science?

With a BS in exercise science, students can work as exercise physiologists, accredited professionals who conduct physical fitness assessments and develop exercise plans. You might work at a health care center, with patients who have medical conditions that they need help managing or are recovering from illness or injury. Or, you could work at a fitness center that helps healthy people get in shape and maintain their fitness level.

Do I need a master's degree to work in the field?

Loyola graduates with a BS in exercise science are prepared to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Physiologist Exam and work as a physiologist. Many students go on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in the field, or attend graduate school for physical therapy. Learn more about Loyola's master's degree in exercise science — including the five-year master's program for undergraduate exercise science majors.

What is the exercise science minor?

Students in other programs who want to expand their skills in exercise science can pursue a minor in this field. This program is an excellent option for students who want to work in the growing field of allied health, wellness, and fitness: Exercise Science Minor 2020-2021

What types of facilities and equipment will be available to BSES students?

The BS in Exercise Science program is located at Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. Multiple laboratory spaces, including the MSES Human Performance Laboratory located in the newly constructed Alfie Norville Practice facility, are well-equipped. Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art equipment in both classroom and laboratory settings, in addition to when they are conducting research independently or with faculty in the lab. BSES students will have access to equipmment including an electrocardiogram, heart rate monitors, laboratory treadmills, cycle ergometers, Olympic lifting platforms, resistance training equipment portable metabolic carts, force plates, electromyography, and body composition devices in these labs.