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Exercise Science

Why Study Exercise Science?

With an increasing focus on health and fitness in our society, there is growing demand for professionals who can help individuals improve their quality of life through exercise. Exercise science will teach you how our bodies work and prepare you to make a difference in someone’s life as a personal trainer, a fitness administrator, a physical therapist, and other health fitness-related fields.

Faculty Spotlight:
John Hjelm

Three generations of John Hjelm’s family graduated from North Park, which has provided a place for him to join two passions: teaching and health.

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Interesting Courses

One option for the personal health requirement is a class takes students from the city to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a cross-country ski trip that provides an opportunity to learn about exercise, ecology, and health in a natural environment.

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Alumni Profile

Kyle Edwards C’12 had a seamless transition from his exercise science classes to a hands-on internship with Fit Code Performance, where he gained the experience he needed to become an athlete and personal trainer and land a job in his field.

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Alumni Careers and Graduate Schools

Exercise Science graduates find careers in a variety of settings, from private clients to community fitness. Our alumni are aquatics supervisors, fitness instructors, exercise-related entrepreneurs, massage therapists, personal trainers, and physical therapists. They have pursued graduate work in physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and exercise physiology.

 

Internship Opportunities

Chicago offers a wide array of internship opportunities for exercise science majors. North Park students have held internships at the following locations:

  • EFT Performance Training
  • Gordon Technical High School
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • YMCA