Exercise Science

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Discover Exercise Science

The study of exercise science offers a fascinating look at the human body in relation to concepts of fitness, conditioning, nutrition, and the prevention of injury and illness. The exercise science program at Presentation delivers a challenging and rigorous learning experience, characterized by extensive hands-on training and lab work.

“Coming to PC from Australia has changed my life. As an exercise science major, I hope to someday change my community's health for the better.”

- Mackenzie Burgoyne


Where Can an Exercise Science Degree Take You?

As part of our exercise science bachelor's degree in South Dakota, you will study the fundamentals of human movement using a scientific framework. You'll unpack the complexities of movement, health, nutrition and how body functions work.

Our exercise science bachelor degree in South Dakota is a versatile stepping stone for your future career. Many students go on to pursue medical school or an advanced degree, preparing them for positions as an occupational or physical therapist, or a physician assistant.

If you don't plan to pursue a graduate degree, a bachelor's degree in exercise science will prepare you for a range of other exciting jobs in the fitness industry. Explore a career as a personal trainer, athletic director, sports coach, recreation director, massage therapist, strength and conditioning coach, or community program director, to name just a few. You may also be able to enter the health care field as an entry-level clinical exercise specialist or exercise physiologist.

Unsure if a four-year bachelor's degree is the right route for you? You can also earn your exercise science associate degree here in South Dakota to kickstart your career.

Improve Community Health With an Exercise Science Degree in South Dakota

Studying exercise science will give you a unique and fascinating insight into the miracle of movement. You'll understand what our bodies need, and how they move, and prepare to help others live healthier, stronger lives as a result. Earning your bachelor's in exercise science from PC in South Dakota will equip you with a suite of practical and high-value skills. Enter a field dedicated to doing good through the power of health and exercise, and enjoy benefits like:

  • Improving health for other community members in a tangible way
  • Bringing others together through the power of sports and recreation
  • Investing in the lives of young children through coaching and directing sports programs
  • Stepping into a growing field filled with advancement and continued learning opportunities
  • Understanding the role that nutrition, exercise and anatomy play in our wellbeing

Why Earn Your Degree at Presentation College?

Considering attending Presentation College's exercise science undergraduate program in SD? Within our learning community, you'll discover the finely-tuned balance between challenge and support. Under the care and instruction of our experienced faculty, you'll grow in ways you never could have imagined.

The cornerstone of our educational approach is a focus on each individual. This means you'll receive personalized care that's built around your specific goals for the future. We'll help prepare you for the career of your dreams through hands-on classroom learning, practical skill development and real-world internship experience.

We offer a selection of online course opportunities to make learning as accessible as possible. If you're in need of financial assistance, Presentation College is here to help. More than 98% of our students receive scholarships and financial aid.

Apply to Earn Your Exercise Science Degree Today

Take the first step into your future today. Submit your application for a bachelor's or associate degree in exercise science in South Dakota online with just a few easy steps. Have any questions about our criminal justice program or our school in general? We'd love to chat. Feel free to reach out to our team for more information!


Students in the Exercise Science Program explore areas related to the movement of the human body, including, anatomy, physiology, assessing fitness, how to properly condition, how diet impacts overall wellness, and more. You’ll combine your study of the exercise science curriculum with opportunities to develop skills in problem solving, communication, and critical thinking.


Students spend extensive time working in labs and engaging in hands-on learning experiences. Our new Wellness Center offers state-of-the-art learning resources and equipment, and exercise science students have unlimited access to the facilities. Students also take advantage of exciting internship opportunities—locally, regionally, nationally.


Students are prepared for certification exams for positions like personal training, strength and conditioning, group fitness instructor, health and fitness specialist, and more. Our graduates also pursue advanced degrees in areas like exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, medicine, and athletic training.