SCIENCE & MATHS

Where does an Exercise Science degree take you?

Study: Bachelor of Exercise Science

Q: Why did you pick exercise science?

A: Sport was my favourite subject at school. I was always interested in the human body and could imagine myself working in the health industry. I came to the Charles Sturt University MyDay and was blown away by the facilities here [at Bathurst]. I applied via early admission on the same day.

Q: What do you learn in the course?

A: It’s all about learning about the relationship between exercise and the human body. You learn to understand muscle mechanics and how various impacts affect your body. You do a lot of human anatomy subjects, you learn about biomechanics, biochemistry, psychophysiology – it’s pretty varied.

Q: What are you going to do after you graduate?

A: Well, like most people in the course, this is a stepping stone into a postgraduate course. I want to be a physiotherapist, so when I finish at the end of the year I’ll apply to do the master’s.

Q: What other courses does this lead to?

You could do food science, podiatry, speech pathology, occupational therapy, pharmacy, chiropractic, athletic training, dentistry, medicine, optometry – anything in health.

A huge bulk of our class were able to gain entry into the specialisation they wanted after their first year – and they just transferred across.

Q: What kind of jobs could you get with a Bachelor of Exercise Science alone?

Well, it’s tricky. If you study speech pathology you graduate as a speech pathologist, but if you study exercise science you aren’t going to work as an exercise scientist. So you’ll need to get some work experience in areas like athlete rehabilitation, nutrition, personal training or as a strength or conditioning coach. In my experience, most people will continue studying after their undergraduate degree.

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