Why study Exercise Science at MC?

Are you fascinated by the human body and how it works? Are you passionate about helping people and making an impact on society? Do you like exercise/physical activity? An Exercise Science student studies the immediate and long-term effects of physical activity on the body. The Exercise Science Major provides a challenging educational experience for students who wish to pursue health/fitness careers and further their education at the graduate level. 

The major provides hands-on experience in the health/fitness industry tied to core academic preparation in the science of exercise and health. Exercise Science provides a solid foundation to prepare you for a variety of careers, such as Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology. There are many exciting careers in Exercise Science. Note that many involve further study, however in many areas there are entry-level positions while you pursue further education.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Blount Memorial Hospital
Clover Hill Senior Living
Foothills Physical Therapy
Results Physiotherapy
University of Tennessee Student Health

On campus opportunities

Led by Sharon Wood ’83, MC alumna and head athletic trainer, Maryville College boasts an outstanding student athletic trainer program. Students who are interested in gaining valuable experience in sports medicine are encouraged to apply for the program and work in the MC Training Room. Unlike programs at larger colleges and universities, our students work with each varsity sport and help with student-athletes’ rehabilitation and injury prevention. Graduates of our program have gone on to successful careers in athletic training, physical therapy and various other areas of health care.

Meet a current student

Colby BeachColby Beach ’19
Hometown: Kingston, TN

Knowing that Maryville College would give him more opportunities for undergraduate research and faculty mentoring than his “first choice” university, Colby transferred to Maryville College before his sophomore year and considers it one of the best decisions he’s ever made. With a career goal of becoming an epidemiologist and working for the World Health Organization or Center for Disease Control, he is already building a resume of internships, published research and presentations. “None of these things would have been possible as a sophomore/junior without the guidance of Dr. [Jennifer] Flynn, Dr. [Traci] Haydu, and Dr. [Jeremy] Steeves.”

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Featured Graduates

Justin CollettJustin Collett ’17
Currently: Strength & Conditioning Specialist/Offensive Line Coach and Adjunct Faculty Member at MC

Justin majored in exercise science and minored in business so that he can someday own and operate his own physical therapy practice. “I believe MC is great preparation for future careers with its rigorous classes, Senior Study requirement, comprehensive exams and intelligent, helpful professors. I spent the summer of 2015 interning with Blount Memorial Hospital’s outpatient physical therapy facility, Total Rehabilitation at Cherokee. I would not have had this opportunity without the College’s partnership with BMH and great people like Dr. [Traci] Haydu and the other exercise science professors who push me to be the greatest I can be.” 

Hannah Montgomery HesterHannah Montgomery Hester ’14
Currently: Physical Therapist at Life Care Center of Rhea County in Dayton, Tenn.

As a student, Hannah had numerous opportunities to observe physical therapists: While a member of the College’s volleyball team, while gathering data for her Senior Study on the effects of Kinesio tape during rehabilitation, while completing a practicum. Those opportunities confirmed her career choice and gave her confidence in graduate school. She graduated with a doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2017. “Maryville College created a strong academic foundation and key personal relationships that have helped shape me into a confident future healthcare professional,” she said.

Graduate School Placements

Columbia University
East Tennessee State University
Texas Tech University-Lubbock
University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Western Carolina University