The Exercise Science major is geared toward preparing students to serve in several fields such as helping individuals at every stage of life through Personal Training, or aiding athletes at any age improve performance as a Strength and Condition Coach. Students engage in course that include the study of human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, kinesiology, exercise program development, and experiential learning opportunities during their internship.

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Coach
  • Athlete Development Specialist
  • Sport Business Development Coordinator
  • Fitness Manager
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Coaches and scouts
  • Camp Administrator
  • Personal Training
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Fitness Manager
  • Military Facilities
  • College Athletics

What to Expect

Travel/Global Trips

  • Bahamas


  • Forever In Training (FIT) 


  • Discipline & Department Awards
  • University Awards


Majors aid in the University’s wellness program, Health Quest. Students will help with pre- and post- body composition assessments, Quality of Life surveys, and psychological stress status. 



The Capstone course is designed to help graduating students integrate their faith with the academic knowledge they have gained throughout their studies. It is regarded as the final reflection of the essential Core Values of Lee University.


The major seeks to pursue experiential learning opportunities. This translates to taking classroom content into personal fitness routines, and exercise leadership in Matrix MX4 HIIT classes in the recreations center. 

Faculty utilize experiential learning opportunities in class by learning proper form and technique of over 100 exercises in the campus recreation center. Students use the Polar Beat App and Polar Heart Rate Monitors (HRM) to study physiological changes and adaptations during various forms and intensities of exercise. They also utilize the HRM to develop a 10-week workout program to meet personal fitness goals. Students are introduced to the concepts of movement and mobility assessment using Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Y-Balance Test.  Students also use the InBody 770 to analyze body composition.


  • YMCA
  • Privately Owned Fitness Facilities
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Lee Flames Strength and Conditioning Center



The Department faculty are involved in research with the Cleveland Fire Department. Research has included studies on hydration status during Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) training during Rookie School and investigating changes in mobility initiated by personal protective gear and SCBA.

Research has been presented at the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine conferences. The Department also supports the training and development of McNair Scholars who have gone on to Graduate Schools. Marisa Villafuerte – ’17 Masters in Exercise Science Georgia Southern University, Jacob Wagner – ’20 – Master Athletic Training – University of South Carolina.

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