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Exercise science is a major in the College of Education focused on the science of human body movement. The major courses in exercise science include motor development, anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor control. Many graduates plan to pursue graduate or professional study in areas such as exercise and sport science, sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other allied health professions.

Declare This Major

The College of Education has established specific GPA requirements that students must meet in order to transfer into the Department. View the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education internal transfer policy for additional information.

Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education should meet with an academic advisor in BEL 1005 in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education Advising Center to go over a proposed degree plan and complete the form to change colleges.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Exercise Science major.


Students are required to complete a fifteen-hour minor in a field of study of their interest or they will complete one of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education's ten specializations available to kinesiology and health students.

Any of the following Specializations are suitable for this major:

  • Athletic Health Care
  • Coaching
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Disability Studies
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching


Students in this major have a passion for science and the human body. The desire to learn about the human body and how it functions during rest and physical activity would be foremost. Also, the desire to enter a profession centered on helping people in a medical, clinical, or laboratory setting are vital to a student's success. Exercise science students are motivated to help others and should possess strong communication skills.


Students in this major will learn the science of movement, human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, motor control, and to some degree health promotion. They will learn to incorporate their knowledge into a career in an allied health program or in a graduate program in kinesiology.

A small sample of directly related careers

Physical Education Teacher
Fitness Trainer and Instructor
Recreation Worker
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Recreational Therapist
Sports Counselor

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.