With personal attention, our students in the Exercise Science major are prepared for their field upon graduation.

The exercise science option of health management at Southeast teaches students how to apply the physiological and mechanical principles learned in the classroom to clients of varying health status and fitness levels. One way in which this is done is through an array of experiential learning opportunities. When students complete the exercise science program, they have had ample opportunities to apply classroom knowledge and in the laboratory setting and in the field. 

What You’ll Do  

  • Have the opportunity to gain hundreds of hours of real-world experience prior to graduation. 
  • Gain a wide variety of exercise testing and exercise programming skills. 
  • Learn to apply basic scientific principles to a diverse clientele. 
  • Learn to address client’s specific needs in the development of an exercise regimen. 

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 98% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    98% of students in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation report being employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation. 


  • $51k 

    Recreational Therapist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a recreational therapist is $51,260. 




  • $62k

    Health Education Specialist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a psychologist is $62,120. 





  • $46k

    Exercise Trainers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a psychologist is $45,650. 


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  • caATe Commission on Accreditation Athletic Training logo
  • Council on Accreditation: Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions logo
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) logo
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics logo

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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