Exercise Science

Turn your passion for fitness, athletics and wellness into a career that encourages healthy living. The exercise science major prepares you with activity-oriented knowledge and problem-solving skills for a career in the exercise science and human movement fields.

Because of the strong emphasis on human movement, the exercise science major provides outstanding preparation for a career in physical therapy as well as a variety of athletic training, sports performance, recreation and fitness careers.

Unique Opportunities & Experiences

Corban students have wonderful opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and abilities to propel them into the workforce or on to graduate school.


Personal Trainer Certification

Every exercise science major has the opportunity to acquire personal trainer certification as part of the coursework. During your junior year, you will prepare for and take the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer exam, giving you the opportunity to be a certified fitness trainer and gain practical experience before you even graduate.



A full committee-reviewed research project is built into the exercise science curriculum. Unlike most undergraduate programs where you would only be able to serve as a research assistant for an existing research project, at Corban you will focus on an exercise science topic of your choice and gain valuable experience for grad school and your resume. Students present their findings at Corban’s Annual Science Symposium and regional sports medicine conferences. This opportunity provides exposure and networking connections, and several of our students have even had their research published in national peer-reviewed journals.



Internships also provide crucial practical experience and enhance your resume for graduate school and employment. Corban has close working relationships with a variety of area clinics and organizations, such as Salem Free Clinics, PT Northwest and Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, who provide internship opportunities for our students to get hands on experience in their chosen field. These internships open doors for future employment, references and amazing networking connections in the exercise science field.

Career Opportunities

Corban graduates are working as physical therapists, attending graduate school, and working as strength and conditioning specialists for professional sports organizations such as the Arizona Diamondbacks. Our graduates have proven successful in a large variety of sports medicine professions.

As an exercise science student, you’ll be given the foundation to excel in fields such as:

Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Athletic Training
Sports Medicine
Strength Training and Conditioning
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Public Health
Sport Performance Research
Recreation Programming
  •    Corban University
    “With the experiences I’ve had with exercise science students from Corban University, I have been impressed by their professionalism and preparedness to actively contribute to the clinical environment in the physical therapy clinic. Their knowledge base, communication skills and understanding of the science behind exercise and many aspects of physical therapy helps to facilitate a seamless progression for them entering into employment within the field.”
    Siewert, PT, DPT, OCS
    Clinic Director and Physical Therapist, PT Northwest
  •    Corban University
    “If it were not for the faculty in Corban’s exercise science program, I would not have the job I currently have now. I would not have been able to intern at a Division I college as a strength and conditioning intern. I would not have been introduced to the great network of people I work with now.”
    Quinton Quezada
    Exercise Science ‘16
  •    Corban University
    “During my time at Corban, I have not only gained valuable tools and skills that will pay dividends in my academic and professional career, but I have learned what it means to be a follower of Christ through the good times and the bad, and how to implement my faith into my professional practice.”
    Exercise Science ‘16, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Complete Athlete
Relevant Coursework

The flexibility of the exercise science program allows you to build on the framework of core courses to tailor your degree to your area of interest and your career goals. Some of the courses you may take include:

  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Coaching Sports: Theory and Practice
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Development
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries


Exercise Science Faculty
  •    Corban University
    Adjunct Instructor/Exercise Science
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