Bachelor of Science In Exercise Science

The Bachelor’s in Exercise Science program focuses on concepts in kinesiology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, exercise programming, and management. The program prepares students for entry- to mid-level jobs in the fitness industry in positions such as training, strength coaching, managerial, directorial and corporate wellness roles, and in the healthcare industry in positions such as exercise physiologists and clinical exercise specialists. 

Furthermore, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program are prepared for post-baccalaureate study in areas such as athletic training, biomechanics, chiropractics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, sports management, sport psychology, and more.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree work as:

  • Trainers and Strength Coaches
  • Managers and Directors in Corporate Wellness
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Clinical Exercise Specialists

Is a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science Right for You?

Take the Lionel University “Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Fitness Training Readiness score now >>



Earn Fitness Certifications as You Progress.

Your coursework includes 10 individual personal training certification courses, earned through ISSA, and supported by industry-relevant general education and elective classes.

Depending on your degree plan, you could qualify for your first personal training certification within the first 10 weeks. As you progress in the degree program, your fitness qualifications grow, positioning you for pay raises and increased clientele

*Certifications are issued by ISSA, LLC (an affiliated third-party). Lionel University provides a list to ISSA, LLC. of students who pass PTR251-PTR261 courses at the end of each quarter. ISSA, LLC. then issues the certifications via mail to these students. Lionel University does not own or operate ISSA, LLC., and is not responsible for the issuing of the certifications.

Certified Fitness Trainer
Certified Fitness Trainer
Specialist In Fitness Nutrition
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
Transformation Specialist
Transformation Specialist
Bodybuilding Specialist
Bodybuilding Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Specialist In Exercise Therapy
Specialist in Exercise Therapy
Specialist In Group Fitness
Specialist in Group Fitness
Specialist In Strength And Conditioning
Specialist in Strength and Conditioning
Specialist In Senior Fitness
Specialist in Senior Fitness
Youth Fitness Trainer
Youth Fitness Trainer
Certifications Earned From ISSA

No hidden costs or fees.




Bachelor degree graduates will be able to:

  • 01 Develop safe and effective exercise programming which addresses all health and fitness-related variables
  • 02 Demonstrate an understanding of scientific and theoretical foundations for the delivery of an effective health and wellness program
  • 03 Synthesize, analyze, and interpret information for critical problem-solving in human performance-based contexts
  • 04 Demonstrate an understanding of current ethical concerns in the profession leading to successful employment or further schooling
  • 05 Demonstrate effective management of fiscal, physical, and human resources for health and fitness facilities



A University Education You Can Trust

Lionel is in the top 8% of Military Friendly® schools nationwide and 70% of our students are affiliated with the military.
Lionel is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.
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Lionel is recognized by the IHRSA, and independent and nationally recognized accreditation for personal training certification programs.
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Lionel is proud to be recognized as an Educational Recognition Program (ERP) institution by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).




You’ll need 180 credits to complete your Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits. Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses after you apply.

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General Education: 45 Credits

Core: 75 Credits

Elective: 60 Credits

Tuition & Fees


Tuition & Fees

Pursue your passion without drowning in debt.

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Undergraduate Credits

Students residing in the U.S. (regardless of citizenship) and U.S. citizens residing abroad

$333 / credit

International students

$440 / credit

Certification Fee

Paid per certification


Technology Fee

Paid once per quarter


Proctor Fee

Exam Proctor


Textbook Costs

Digital textbooks are embedded into each course at no additional cost. Unrestricted access is available seven days prior to the start of class and throughout the quarter.


Admissions & Registration Fees

Apply at any time at no cost


Transfer Credit Evaluation

Our staff will review your transfer documentation at no cost


Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff

At Lionel, our instructors are the epitome of Exercise Science Professionals. With extensive expertise in their chosen field, they provide you with insight that only real-world experience can offer - teaching you exactly what it takes to thrive in your career journey!


Of faculty are working professionals in the field of exercise science

15+ years

Average professional experience


Of faculty have advanced degrees


Faculty to student ratio


Of faculty hold doctorates


Of students would recommend their instructors

Career Services


Career Services

At Lionel University, we are dedicated to ensuring the success of our students and alumni by providing them with unparalleled access to career opportunities.


Our Career Connect For Life Program has partnered with leading companies in Exercise Science – enabling both current students and alumni alike to take advantage of job postings as well as receive top-quality coaching services for their professional journey into the future.

  • Career Coaching 
  • Resume & Cover Letter Critiques  
  • Interview Prep 
  • Job & Internship Searching 
  • Professional Etiquette & Networking 
  • Career Fair Prep 
  • Evaluating Career Opportunities
  • Career blogs and video content
  • Networking and mentorships
  • Personal brand development
  • Entrepreneurship Development

Job Prospects & Salary


Job prospects & salary

Your studies at Lionel will immerse you in science-backed principles of fitness, health and wellness for you, your family, your neighbors, and your community. Your degree in Exercise Science will give you the knowledge and skills needed to meet the country in the areas of its greatest need.

  • 50% of the adult US population is predicted to be clinically obese by 2030.*
  • The U.S. fitness and wellness industry is worth $30 billion annually, and it grows every year.**
  • 67,600 Projected job openings for fitness trainers and instructors through the year 2028.***

On average, trainers with an exercise science degree earn $65,640/year*

Lionel sets you up for success

Lionel has Career Connect partnerships with many of the largest fitness organizations in the country. 

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Impact opportunities for graduates

  • Business Owner
  • Health club/Gym Manager
  • Community Wellness Advocate
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Health Coach
  • Master Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Corporate Wellness Expert
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Community Wellness Advocate



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