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Exercise Science

School of Nursing & Kinesiology

In the exercise science major at Anderson University, students study human movement and how the body responds and adapts to physical activity to prepare for careers in the wellness field.

The program provides a mixture of laboratory courses and practical experiences that prepare students to understand and apply scientific principles. This major includes broad coursework encompassing psychology and leadership as well as anatomy and chemistry.

Program Overview

Exercise Science

All of our exercise science graduates have completed 120 hours of practical experience through leadership in campus-based activity and human performance testing. The major also requires an off-campus internship, preparing students to hit the ground running in their career.


Why AU?

Exercise science majors at AU study for professional opportunities in fitness, health, rehabilitation and performance enhancement. There are more potential career opportunities in exercise science than with almost any other college major. Anderson University alumni have found employment in cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, wellness promotion, fitness club management, sports performance enhancement, and strength and conditioning coaching. Nearly all exercise science graduates are fully employed within six months of graduation. Approximately one third of the program’s graduates attend graduate school in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physicians assistance programs, clinical exercise physiology, or basic research. The acceptance rate of AU grads in these highly competitive fields is greater than ninety percent.Successful exercise science students at AU build upon a solid base of anatomy and physiology. They specialize in exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, nutrition, exercise prescription, and advanced resistance training and conditioning. Those with a particular interest in nutrition select a minor in nutrition offered by the department. Others select minors in areas that will enhance their knowledge in particular areas of interest such as business or psychology.

At AU, classes and labs are small so students have the opportunity to do rather than just discuss principles of exercise. Students typically have several courses with each professor, creating an environment that invites interaction both in and out of the classroom. Faculty in the program also emphasize hands-on experiences both on campus, such as personal training and teaching fitness classes, and off campus during summer internships. Exercise science students at AU are well equipped and confident because they have both the head knowledge and the practical experience to place them ahead of the competition.



Complete the 70-hour major in the Department of Kinesiology. It can be completed in either 3 or 4 years.



Among the classes in the 70-hour major are:

  • Anatomy
  • Exercise leadership
  • Sports nutrition
  • Exercise testing and prescription
  • Science courses supporting understanding of the human body

View the complete curriculum.



Every Exercise Science major chooses one of three concentrations:

  • Clinical Exercise Physiology: for those students desiring to pursue careers working with chronic diseased populations, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and cardiac stress testing, in addition to preparation for a master’s in exercise physiology.
  • Pre-Health: for those students desiring to prepare for an allied health field such as athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports psychology, and physician assistant.
  • Sports Performance: for those students desiring to pursue careers in strength and conditioning, personal training, health/wellness coordinators, community health centers, and senior adult fitness programs.


​Students prepare for careers in:

  • fitness training
  • wellness
  • adult fitness/cardiac rehab
  • strength and conditioning coach
  • clinical exercise physiology
  • scientific research

With additional education, exercise science grads can move into roles such as Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Doctor of Chiropractic.

OUR Exercise Science FACULTY

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Dr. Diana Jones

Chair, Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Diana Jones

Diana Jones serves as the department chair of kinesiology and is a professor in the area of physical education teacher education and coaching minor program. She has taught at all grade levels throughout her career and has extensive experience in preparing students to become physical educators and coaches. In addition, she has presented various programs on fitness, dance, brain-based research, sports education, and adventure education at the local, state, regional and national levels. She is extremely passionate about teaching and preparing future teachers.

Jones joined the Department of Kinesiology in 2005 and received the faculty of the year award in 2011.

Contact Dr. Jones:
Kardatzke Wellness Center 235
(765) 641-4125

Professor of Kinesiology
Chair, Department of Kinesiology
B.A., Cedarville College
M.Ed., Bob Jones University
Ph.D., Ohio State University


Kelsie Rodman

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Kelsie Rodman

Kelsie Rodman is an assistant professor in the department of Kinesiology, specifically in the area of Exercise Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bob Jones University and her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, specializing in Rehabilitative Exercise and Adult Fitness from Virginia Tech University. Her background includes adjunct teaching in the area of fitness, wellness, and exercise as well as creating exercise protocols for injured industrial workers in a Return-to-Work program.

She enjoys informally encouraging those around her to life healthy lifestyles, as well as hiking, biking, and hanging out with family and friends. Rodman lives with her husband in Upland and has 4 children, 3 of which are married.

She joined the Department of Kinesiology in 2017.


Contact Kelsie Rodman
Kardatzke Wellness Center 243
(765) 641-4884
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
B.S., Bob Jones University
M.S., Virginia Tech