The Bachelor of Exercise Science degree program pushes student knowledge further with an in-depth focus on kinesiology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, exercise programming, and management. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree work as trainers and strength coaches, as managers and directors in corporate wellness, and in the healthcare industry as exercise physiologists and clinical exercise specialists.
Graduates of the bachelor’s program are prepared for post-baccalaureate study in areas such as athletic training, biomechanics, chiropractic, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, sports management, sport psychology and more. In addition to earning a degree, graduates of the bachelor’s degree program can earn up to eleven fitness certifications and two advanced certifications.
Our Degree Guide will answer your questions and give you all the information you need to decide if a degree from the College of Exercise Science is the right path to help you achieve your goals.
The ISSA College of Exercise Science is accredited by the DEAC, a private, non-profit organization that ensures our curriculum meets the highest possible quality standards.
Becoming a personal trainer through the College of Exercise Science was one of the best decisions I have made. I could serve my country in the military, train my clients, and get my degree, all while being a mom to my toddler! ISSA gave me the foundation I needed to propel my career and has helped find the opportunities I need to succeed.
Class of 2015
It’s surreal to be surrounded by genuine professionals in their respective fields who seek my educated advice on fitness and nutrition. I love my job a hundred fold and I couldn’t have done it without a degree from ISSA.
Class of 2017
A degree from the ISSA College of Exercise Science gave me the skills I needed to start and run a successful wellness and lifestyle coaching business. As a result, I’ve been able to transform the lives of hundreds of clients.
Class of 2013
Your coursework includes 11 individual personal training certifications supported by industry-relevant general education and elective classes. After successfully completing the coursework for your first personal training course, you'll be qualified to begin training. As you progress in the degree program, your fitness qualifications grow, positioning you for pay raises and increased clientele.
The ISSA College of Exercise Science is a Title IV school, and our bachelor’s degree program, associate degree program, and Master Trainer certificate program are all eligible for federal student aid.
College of Exercise Science degree programs and Master Trainer certificate program are eligible for federal student aid.
Active duty military, military spouses, and veterans can use their TA, MyCAA, and GI Bill® benefits for program tuition. Program eligibility varies by benefit.
A good rule of thumb is 10-15 hours of study time per course, per week. Full-time students spend about 40 hours studying each week when taking a full course load.
The College of Exercise Science completes transfer credit evaluations free of charge. Once you complete your application, simply request that your past schools send your official transcripts to our Registrar. The application will provide information on what to request and where to have it sent, and an assigned admissions advisor will be standing by to assist you with any questions you have along the way.
No, there is no required credit minimum. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits per quarter, but many of our students work as well as attend school. Our program is flexible to meet your needs.
For over 30 years, the ISSA College of Exercise Science has worked with the military to help both active duty service members and veterans achieve their education goals. Our programs are specifically designed to be flexible so you can easily manage your coursework during your service.
Coursework is broken down into 18 quarters. Each quarter is typically consists of 2 classes and a fitness certification or externship. A total of 180 credits is needed to graduate and a maximum of 18 credits can be taken each quarter. If you would like to read the full list of course descriptions, click here.
There is absolutely no commitment and no credit card required. The application is designed as an investment in you — to help you name what you truly want, evaluate all that you juggle, and design your future. Stop and start as needed. Your work is saved as you go.
Once you submit your application, a dedicated advisor will be in touch to speak with you about next steps.
Here’s what you’ll need to complete the application: