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Exercise Science

This major is for students interested in the exercise science professions.  Examples of professions in the exercise science field include:

  • cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation settings

  • physical medicine clinics

  • research

  • public and private industry wellness programs

  • worksite health promotion

  • recreation center wellness

  • strength and conditioning programs

  • personal training for general and special populations

Students with aspirations in the exercise science field through advanced degree work in exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or as a physician’s assistant will find the exercise science curriculum provides a solid foundation, and includes many required prerequisites, for those graduate programs.  


MSU Denver Exercise Science (ES) students should take pride in the fact that their academic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). MSU Denver is one of only 54 undergraduate programs in the United States to have achieved this credential. This prestigious distinction will allow prospective employers to see that MSU Denver ES graduates have completed a rigorous program of study that has been nationally recognized by an external accrediting body. Our curriculum is evaluated regularly by the Committee on the Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) to ensure students are adequately prepared to become exercise professionals.

For more information about CAAHEP accreditation, go to this web page: 

If you’d like to read testimonials from program directors about CAAHEP accreditation, see this web page: 

Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs requires our faculty to collect data on specific, measurable, programmatic goals to ensure that ES students are being adequately prepared. See below for the most up-to-date statistics:

Senior ES Majors – culminating experience (405 hour internship)

Percent of students who completed their internships successfully, according to the standards set forth by the ES program, CAAHEP and the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES):

2016/2017 academic year: 100 percent

Recent ES Graduates - Employer Satisfaction Survey results

Recent graduates are required to request that employers (or graduate school faculty – for those pursuing graduate studies) complete a survey that requests input regarding whether or not they are satisfied with the knowledge and abilities of ES program graduates.  Percent of graduates meeting established standards (as reported by employers):

2016/2017 academic year: 100 percent (of responses received)

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