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Exercise Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Exercise science provides a holistic, scholarly approach to the study of human movement. Structural and functional aspects of movement efficiency, responses of the body to sport and exercise, and issues of health-related fitness and wellness are studied.

The skills and knowledge gained through the exercise science program allow students to pursue jobs in school, community, business, or industrial settings and provide a springboard into various graduate programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, sports management, and other allied health fields.


Students may choose from five concentrations based on their career goals or plans for graduate study:

  • Coaching
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Physical Education
  • Pre-Professional
  • Sports Management

Teacher licensure in physical education (K-12) is optional. For additional information about admission into the teacher licensure program, see the Education Licensure Programs section of the catalog.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


3-Year Degree Option

The three-year Bachelor’s degree option accelerates the traditional undergraduate process and is perfect for highly-motivated students. With an academically rigorous schedule, students save time and reach the workforce or graduate school earlier while still gaining the skills and experience their career paths demand. You also can still engage fully in campus life — be an athlete, lead a club, complete an internship (or two), conduct research with a professor, and be in on all the Milligan traditions.

Graduating in three years requires full-time enrollment for three consecutive fall and spring semesters as well as two summer terms, as outlined in the chart below. You’ll complete a total of 128 credits, including core curriculum, major, and optional minor or elective courses. Dual enrollment or AP credits may reduce your load or the need for some summer sessions.




Year 1*

17.5 hrs 18 hrs 10 hrs

Year 2*

17-18 hrs 17.5 hrs 11-13 hrs

Year 3*

17-18 hrs 17-18 hrs

*Hours by semester are different depending on Concentration; see course sequence


What can I do with a degree in Exercise Science?

Download a list of potential careers in Exercise Science.

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Leslie Hanneken

Leslie Hanneken

Associate Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science

Phone: 423.975.8028
Contact via email
Office: Steve Lacy Fieldhouse, Lower Level