Health and Exercise Science

Transylvania University’s health and exercise science degree program offers a dynamic curriculum that is focused on scientific approaches to human movement. You’ll gain knowledge about the role of physical activity and health in your life, and the health and exercise science major allows you the opportunity to apply concepts learned in class to practical experiences through off-campus internships around Lexington, Kentucky.

Coming here was one of the most pivotal decisions I made in my life. I had great professors and great students who challenged me.

Lyndsay Whitlock ’15, doctoral student, Columbia University

Faculty expertise in physiology, nutrition and biomechanics allows for the integration of science and health in covering a variety of topics about exercise and wellness. You also have the opportunity to complete summer research projects under the direction of a professor.

The diversity of the health and exercise science major provides students with a broad range of post-graduate opportunities.

Health and exercise science majors at Transylvania benefit from the Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center, a 97,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that accommodates varsity sports, intramurals, fitness activities and casual recreation. While the center was designed for all Transylvania students, it fills the curricular needs of the exercise science program, offering classrooms, an exercise physiology lab, a dance studio with sprung floor and a training room with hydrotherapy facilities. 

Internships Our Students Have Completed

Lexington Clinic
University of Kentucky Health Care
Baptist Health Care
Fayette County Public Schools
Physical therapy clinics
Occupational therapy clinics

Courses of Special Interest

Anatomy and Physiology
Nutrition and Energy Balance
Physiology of Exercise
Health Promotion
Women’s Health
The Life of a Muscle

Possible Career Options

Physical Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Cardio rehab specialist
College professor/coach
Physician assistant
Personal Trainer
Athletic Training

Where Our Graduates Have Studied

George Washington University
New York University
North Carolina State University
University of Kentucky
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Evansville
University of New Mexico

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

Australia I
Australia II
New Zealand

These GlobalTransy programs have at least two courses related to the major.

Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.


Sharon Brown, Professor of Exercise Science; Program Director
Phone: (859) 233-8363

Laura Ray Warren, Administrative Assistant, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: (859) 233-8228

Transylvania University 
300 North Broadway 
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

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