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SMSU’s Twin Cities Exercise Science Program

Exercise Science

About the Program

Exercise Science is a rapidly growing field of study with a broad range of health, fitness and human performance sub-disciplines. The collaboration between Southwest Minnesota State (SMSU) and our partnering institutions, Normandale, North Hennepin and Anoka Ramsey Community Colleges, is designed to deliver a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise Science in the Twin Cities. Students are dual-enrolled at one of the three community colleges and SMSU simultaneously. Students may enroll as freshmen or transfer into our four-year Bachelor’s Degree program. With so many options for exercise science programs in the Twin Cities and across the region, this partnership is the perfect opportunity for those students who want to earn a four-year college degree, but with the tight-knit community and attention of a small school.

The delivery of the Twin Cities Exercise Science Program is taught with the same quality and rigor as our on-campus Exercise Science Program at SMSU in Marshall, MN. The faculty on each of our partner community college campuses are committed to student learning, achievement and student success.

At all three twin cities campuses, coursework, labs, research opportunities, and internship requirements, are designed to enhance students’ learning and practical application in the real world. Lab experience allow students to develop skills in analyzing, assessing and enhancing all aspects of human movement.

Areas of study include: 
  • kinesiology,
  • nutrition,
  • biomechanics,
  • exercise physiology,
  • anatomy,
  • strength and conditioning,
  • health and wellness,
  • fitness testing and exercise prescription.

Completing your Bachelor’s Degree from SMSU and your partner community college offers substantial opportunities both professionally and economically. Living at home while earning your degree allows you to maintain family commitments and job responsibilities while saving money and reducing your college debt.

Mission of the Exercise Science Program

The Exercise Science Program is dedicated to educate students about the scientific principles governing human movement and exercise prescription so they may be prepared for advanced study in professional and graduate schools and so students will effectively perform in a variety of career professions within exercise related fields.

Career and Graduate School Opportunities

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Health & Fitness Specialist
  • Fitness Industry
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Personal Training
  • Assisted Living
  • Athletics Coaching
  • Athletic Enhancement (Sport Specific Training)
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Speech Pathology
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Exercise Science Graduate School

Undergraduate Research Conference

The Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) was established in 2006 for science majors to engage in a professional exchange of scientific ideas, as well as a means to showcase and celebrate their hard work and accomplishments. The URC is held annually on campus in Marshall to include all disciplines and continues to grow each year as we celebrate the intellectual achievements of our students.

Contact Information

Exercise Science Program

For any questions or to request more information about SMSU’s Twin Cities Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Program, please contact:

Dr. Morgan Betker, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Twin Cities Exercise Science Program

or contact the:

Exercise Science Program
SM 178
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street * Marshall, MN 56258


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