About this Program

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in developing exercise and wellness programs in settings such as hospitals, wellness and rehabilitation centers, sports medicine clinics, sports performance centers, collegiate sport facilities, government agencies, health and fitness centers, and corporate industry.  Academic preparation focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise related to asymptomatic, and symptomatic populations. The program also contains pre-requisite coursework and serves to prepare students for graduate studies in exercise science, physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy and other allied health fields including ODU's Exercise Science master's degree.

Program Highlights

  • Faculty: expert teacher-researchers who take pride in both endeavors

  • Laboratories: high-quality facilities with state-of-the-art research equipment

  • Service Learning: All students will get opportunities to practice their skills in the community through service learning projects in the coursework 

  • Internships: Partial and full semester internships available in areas related to the program. Many established local and non-local partnerships provided for students. (Preventive/Rehabilitative Track) 

  • Graduate school preparation: Many students go on to physical therapy, athletic training, exercise science, occupational therapy graduate programs 

  • Research: students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and to present their own research at regional and national professional associations

  • Academics: in addition to Exercise Science course requirements students will choose from one of two tracks- Scientific Foundations of Exercise and Preventive/Rehabilitative Exercise

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
Exercise Science
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Fitness and Wellness Coordinators

$88,240 Median Salary

Manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services. Manage and train staff of wellness specialists, health educators, or fitness instructors.

Exercise Physiologists

$51,350 Median Salary

Assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility.

Exercise Trainers & Group Fitness Instructors

$45,380 annual Median Salary

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities for the primary purpose of personal fitness. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Develop and implement individualized approaches to exercise.

Alumni Careers

Sentara Healthcare System
Chesapeake General
Harbor’s Edge
Jim White Fitness
City of Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center
CHKD Sports Medicine


What are the requirements to apply for Exercise Science at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


Students have the opportunity to apply for the Melvin H. Williams Endowed Scholarship during their Junior Year



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