Following are the top schools with exercise science programs:

Minnesota State University · Mankato
- MSUM's undergraduate degree in exercise science is highly regarded as one of top programs in the country. The program prepares students for certifications offered by the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.
- It is one of 11 U.S. universities to receive Campus Technology magazine’s 2009 Campus Technology Innovator award.

University of South Carolina (USC)
- The Arnold School of Public Health Department of Exercise Science has the top ranked program in kinesiology and exercise science in the nation. The USC program was ranked No. 1 by the Faculty Scholar Productivity Index, partly financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company (Based on data from 2005).
- USC offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Exercise Science with the following areas of emphasis: Health Fitness; Motor Development; Public Health; Scientific Foundations.

East Carolina University
- The Ph.D. program in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science was ranked 4th by Academic Analytics in the broad category of Biomedical Science Disciplines within the specific area of Kinesiology and Exercise Science. This ranking was based upon faculty productivity in 2005.
- The University's Bioenergetics and Exercise Science program combines study in exercise science, kinesiology, biochemistry and physiology culminating in a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Indiana University
- The undergraduate Exercise Science (Bachelor of Science) program offers students excellent preparation for graduate work in adapted physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology, ergonomics, sports medicine, etc. Additionally this major may prepare candidates for graduate-level education in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic, osteopathy, and other allied health fields.

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