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Exercise Science

Study human movement and nutrition in order to pursue advanced education to work in sports medicine or rehabilitation in positions such as physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, sports medicine or medical school.

Exercise Science – B.S. in Health and Human Performance, Exercise Science Emphasis

Students in the Exercise Science option at Montana State focus on clinical and performance-based understandings of human movement throughout their studies. Core courses in the Exercise Science program range from anatomy and physiology to math and statistics, as well as biomechanics, nutrition and physiology. Students also have opportunities to learn through hands-on experiences such as internships and research opportunities. Graduates of the Exercise Science option go onto careers in corporate wellness programs, exercise rehab programs or graduate programs that relate to physical or occupational therapy.

The Health & Human Performance major at Montana State offers one additional Option Within the Major: Kinesiology.






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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.

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Interdisciplinary Learning
Engineering and health and human development researchers with the MSU Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab team up to understand more about the mechanics of human motion in order to develop rehabilitation methods and plans.

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Unique Opportunities
As Montana's premier research institution, Montana State offers unparalleled access to hands-on experiences in research labs, art studios, teaching farms and the surrounding wilderness.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Exercise Science students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Rehabilitation

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.