B.S. Exercise Science


The exercise science program at Concordia University, Nebraska offers you the opportunity to advance your knowledge, skills and abilities to create and execute exercise programs for a variety of individuals while staying current with innovative research by utilizing state-of-the-art human performance laboratory equipment.  

Here, you will learn how to apply the gifts God has given you to enhance the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social well-being of others. Concordia Nebraska can help you prepare for a career in exercise and health settings, as well as graduate programs in these fields. 

Because you’ll receive a broad-based, liberal arts education, in the exercise science program you’ll not only study human movement and skills specific to exercise science, you will also enhance your critical thinking, research and communication skills. 

Exercise Science Courses

120 credit hours
97% career outcome rate1
15.0 average class size2
14:1 Student-to-faculty ratio

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Program Highlights


The exercise science program at Concordia University, Nebraska mentors and leads students in the advancement of knowledge, abilities, and attitudes through the pursuit of a Christ-centered education in health and wellness. All students are given the opportunity for optimum spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the gifts God has given them. 

Recent Internships 

  • University of Nebraska Huskers Strength and Conditioning, Lincoln, Neb. 
  • Madonna Rehabilitation Center, Lincoln, Neb. 
  • Nebraska Orthopaedic Center, Lincoln, Neb. 
  • Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Lincoln, Neb. 
  • Colorado State University Rams Strength and Conditioning, Fort Collins, Colo. 
  • University of Texas Longhorns Athletic Performance, Austin, Texas 
  • Vanderbilt University Commodores Strength and Conditioning, Nashville, Tenn. 
  • Athletes Training Center, Omaha, Neb. 
  • Hackbart Chiropractic, Seward, Neb. 
  • Concordia University, Nebraska Athletics, Seward, Neb. 

Recent Graduate and Professional Schools 

  • Concordia University, Nebraska (Coaching and Athletics Administration)  
  • Wichita State University (Sport Management)  
  • Concordia University, Nebraska (Public Health)  
  • Baylor University (Public Health) 
  • Creighton University (Physical Therapy) 
  • Washington University in St. Louis (Physical Therapy) 
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant) 
  • University of Arizona (Physiological Sciences) 
  • University of South Dakota (Occupational Therapy) 
  • University of Nebraska Omaha (Athletic Training) 

Recent Alumni Careers 

  • Physical Therapist 
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Biomechanist 
  • Nurse 
  • Athletic Trainer 
  • Exercise Physiologist 
  • Researcher and Professor 
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach 


As experts in exercise science our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom. 

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Meet our students

Adam Meirose
Lincoln, Nebraska

In my internship through the Health and Human Performance Department, I learned a lot about the physical therapy career, but also just working with patients I got a lot more open in talking to and learning to help people.


Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Degree Goals

An exercise science program graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Develop critical thinking skills necessary to understand, analyze and problem-solve issues related to exercise science. 
  • Understand how the organic, skeletal and neuromuscular structures of the human body interact, adapt and contribute to motor performance, fitness and wellness. 
  • Develop and institute physical fitness and wellness assessment and maintenance programs. 
  • Play a leadership role in the promotion of life-long physical activity and fitness for all individuals. 

Health and Human Performance Minors

  • Coaching  
  • Parish Health  
  • Public Health  
  • Recreation  
  • Recreation and Sport Management  
  • Senior Adult Fitness  
  • Sport Ministry  
  • Sport Psychology 

Career Outcomes

Physical Therapist 

  • Diagnose and treat patients who have health conditions that limit their ability to move and perform everyday activities 
  • Help restore patients’ physical function and mobility and promote overall wellness as you boost their quality of life 

Athletic Trainer 

  • Provide preventative services, emergency care, therapy and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions for athletes 
  • Work with medical professionals, coaches and athletes to ensure that players maintain proper diets, evaluate the physical condition of athletes and establish dietary and fitness plans 


  • help clients alter their diet in a variety of ways in order to promote a healthier lifestyle and eating habits 
  • help people work on weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestion issues or food allergies by designing eating programs focused on nutritional balance 


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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2Average Class Size for Representative Subject Most Aligned with Major, Over Last 5 Years.