The Defiance College exercise science program focuses on developing skills and abilities to cultivate health enhancement programs for athletic, general, and/or special populations. An exercise science major can also provide the educational base and practical experiences leading to graduate study in health management, exercise science, exercise physiology, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, coaching, strength and conditioning, or fitness management.
Students within the exercise science program choose either a concentration in health & wellness or coaching, strength, and conditioning. They then refine skills through first-hand experience within school, the community, and corporate based settings.
Each student is required to complete both a field experience and an internship within their chosen area of specialization. Previous students have completed experiential learning with major universities, professional sport organizations, local high school athletic departments, hospital-based allied health programs, and community-based fitness/wellness programs.
Benefits of the Program
DC exercise science students benefit from hands on projects within numerous courses.
They also gain an understanding of fitness/wellness assessment within a human performance
laboratory and have opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research-based projects
After College — What’s Next?
Graduates with an exercise science major have employment opportunities in a diverse array of settings. Within the program, students are encouraged to develop a primary and secondary career path and pursue experiential learning that will make them more marketable upon graduation. Additionally, an exercise science degree can serve as a solid foundation for a variety of graduate programs in allied health, exercise physiology, wellness programming, personal training, strength and conditioning, coaching, or sport management.
Recent graduates are employed in a variety of allied health settings, personal training,
strength and conditioning, and fitness wellness programming. The Defiance Area YMCA
has employed numerous graduates as program directors. A recent graduate runs her own
massage therapy business, and another graduate works as a program director within
a metropolitan parks and recreation program.
"As an exercise science student, I was more than ready to apply for jobs after graduation
because of the field experience and internship requirements. I'm very thankful that
Defiance College gave me this educational experience, because, without those opportunities,
I would have never realized I wanted to pursue a career in a nursing home environment.
Now I am ready to be challenged and I am able to use my knowledge and skills building
--Renae Sabo, 2013
"It’s so great to be around professors as passionate and excited about wellness and
fitness as I am, and who are willing to help me find the best-fitting internships
and experiences I need to leave here with confidence and one solid résumé! It’s all
about the experiences, and I have had some of the best in my life between coaching
at a high school, meeting professional athletes, and networking with some big names
in the fitness world - all thanks to DC!"
--Kali George, 2014
"The exercise science program at Defiance College gives students the chance to succeed
in their future careers. From the caring faculty that will help you at any time, to
the laboratory activities that gives you a chance to practice skills you could use
in your career, to the internships and field experiences that you can become a part
of and learn so much from, Defiance College offers a great program to help you compete
in the job market."
--Nick Kleck, 2015
"Any student interested in promoting health, fitness, or athletic participation should
consider a major in exercise science. This major prepares students for a diverse array
of professional opportunities as well as graduate study. Through studying exercise
science, I developed a passion for exercise physiology, strength & conditioning, teaching,
and coaching. For me, working within exercise science provides a day-to-day satisfaction
that I could not find in any other area of study or professional setting."