Kinesiology and Exercise Science

BVU's kinesiology and exercise science program provides students with a comprehensive and proactive academic and clinical education so that they can seek careers in a wide variety of health-related professions.

Hands-on experience

Students enhance their learning experience by working closely with highly qualified professors and practicing clinicians. They put theory into practice through research, co-curricular involvement, extensive hands-on learning opportunities, travel and internships.

Students may choose to work alongside BVU’s strength and conditioning coach or with an exercise science faculty member as part of BVU’s intraship program.

BVU’s kinesiology and exercise science program offers excellent preparation for graduate or professional work in adult or corporate fitness, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, sports psychology, occupational therapy, podiatry, sports medicine, osteopathy or other professional allied healthcare fields.

Upon program completion, students are ready to take nationally-recognized certification exams to become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) or Certified Personal Trainers (CPT).

Talk to Us

We'd love to get to know you. Tell us a bit about yourself, and we'll be in touch with the scoop about BVU.

Top Notch Equipment

Human performance lab + more

Kinesiology students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including the new human performance laboratory, including a Metabolic Cart to measure oxygen uptake.

The department also utilizes the Fritcher Fitness Center, a 6,000 square foot facility that also houses weight and cardio equipment.

Learn more


  • Sioux City Bandits
  • Spencer Hospital, Athletic Enhancement & Adult Wellness
  • U.S. Olympic Committee


  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Fitness and Health Center Director
  • Bally Total Fitness, Midwest Personal Training Supervisor
  • Sports Rehab & Professional Therapy Associates, Director of Rehab Services


Graduate School

  • University of South Dakota
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Dubuque  
  • Salisbury University

Major in Kinesiology and Exercise Science (57 credit hours)

  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology or BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
  • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
  • EXSC 171 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • EXSC 192 Introduction to Exercise Science
  • EXSC 200 History, Philosophy and Ethics of Sport
  • EXSC 230 Advanced Exercise Techniques
  • EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention
  • EXSC 280 Lifetime Health Management with Lab
  • EXSC 295 Lower Level Internship in Exercise Science
  • EXSC 310 Nutrition
  • EXSC 321 Adapted Physical Education
  • EXSC 345 Facility and Event Management
  • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • EXSC 351 Motor Learning
  • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab
  • EXSC 398 Kinesiology Capstone I
  • EXSC 432 Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
  • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport
  • EXSC 460 Physiological Principles of Conditioning
  • EXSC 495 Upper Level Internship in Kinesiology
  • EXSC 498 Kinesiology Capstone II
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology

Students must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours of internships for graduation.

One course from

  • EXSC 202 Public and Community Health
  • EXSC 291 Current Health Issues

Recommended general education and electives

  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • BIOL 380 Human Physiology
  • BIOL 430 Human Anatomy


Dr.   Shinichiro  Sugiura

Shinichiro “Shinbo” Sugiura

Program Director, Athletic Training

Meet the professor
   James  Farnsworth

James Farnsworth

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Meet the professor
   Jamie  Schoenherr

Jamie Schoenherr

Instructor of Exercise Science

Meet the professor