Exercise Science | Southwestern Illinois College

Exercise Science is the study and application of scientific principles of human movement. As the nation addresses health issues associated with physical inactivity, employment opportunities in exercise science, fitness, and wellness are expected to grow at a faster than average rate. The Exercise Science pre-major will provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, abilities, and values that are essential for competency as a professional in the field of personal training and upper division baccalaureate study in exercise science.

For more information on the Exercise Science Program, please contact:

Garry Ladd
Department Chair
618-235-2700 Extension 5373
Email: garry.ladd@swic.edu

Educational Program

Refer to the suggested curriculum and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing this program.

Associate in Science Degree (0002) – Exercise Science Pre-Major

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Exercise Science are expected to grow faster than the average. Career opportunities exist as:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Health and Fitness Specialist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Employee Fitness Director


Find out more about SWIC’s Exercise Program by filling out the contact form.