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Program Overview

Program Overview

The mission of the Exercise Science Program is to prepare entry-level Exercise Science professionals in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains by integrating Christian faith and practice with academic excellence.  The Program will provide students with the didactic and experiential foundation in the study of human physiology and movement necessary to succeed whether pursuing a career, a professional field of study or engaging in advanced academic work. This mission is achieved through classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory instruction, scholarship, and service-learning opportunities designed to promote and develop critical thinking and effective communication skills.



Specific courses required:

  • AT 3002 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • BY 1134 - Principles of Biology: Cell and Genetics
  • BY 1144 - Principles of Biology: Diversity and Ecology
  • BY 3514 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BY 3524 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • CM 1113 - General Chemistry I
  • CM 1211 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • EX 2533 - Kinesiology
  • EX 3002 - Mechanics of Movement
  • EX 3363 - Biostatistics
  • EX 4113 - Exercise Physiology
  • EX 4123 - Exercise Physiology Lab
  • EX 4133 - Exercise Evaluation and Prescription
  • EX 4153 - Strength and Conditioning Program Design
  • EX 4163 - Applied Exercise Physiology
  • EX 4224 - Externship in Kinesiology
  • HL 1303 - Healthful Living
  • HL 3302 - First Aid and Emergency Care
  • NUTR 2613 - Principles of Nutrition
  • MG 3503 - Leading and Managing People or MK 3503 - Principles of Marketing
  • PE 2203 - Foundations in Kinesiology
  • PE 2402 - Concepts of Motor Learning
  • PE 4323 - Administration of Exercise Related Programs
  • PE 4502 - Seminar in Kinesiology


All students majoring in exercise science must achieve a "C" or above in all department courses required for the exercise science major.


Student to faculty ratio


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

  • Ruth Henry headshot

    Ruth Henry

    Department Chair, Kinesiology

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise science, she teaches the statistics and research courses.

    Meet Ruth Henry
  • Kent Johnson headshot

    Kent Johnson

    Professor, Exercise Science Program Director

    Cofounder of EXNS program Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise physiology, leads the cardiovascular laboratory, and is a fellow in the ACSM.

    Meet Kent Johnson
  • Laurel Littlefield headshot

    Laurel Littlefield

    Associate Professor

    Laurel and her husband Brad are originally from West Texas, and moved to Nashville with their three sons in 2018. Laurel and Brad met while attending Lubbock Christian University (LCU)...

    Meet Laurel Littlefield
  • Andrew Mauldin headshot

    Andrew Mauldin

    Assistant Professor

    Andrew was born in northeast Ohio and has lived in many states over his lifetime. Andrew attended Harding University where he received his B.A. in Kinesiology. After graduating from Harding...

    Meet Andrew Mauldin
  • Matthew Ruiz headshot

    Matthew Ruiz


    Professional expertise in sport, exercise and performance psychology.

    Meet Matthew Ruiz
  • Jeremy Townsend headshot

    Jeremy Townsend

    Assistant Professor

    Jeremy Townsend is currently an Assistant Professor in Exercise and Nutrition Science at Lipscomb University. He received his Bachelor's degree from Harding University where he was a captain of the...

    Meet Jeremy Townsend
  • William Vantrease headshot

    William Vantrease

    Assistant Professor

    William Vantrease serves as an Assistant professor in the Kinesiology Department.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Master's degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science both from Lipscomb...

    Meet William Vantrease

Career Paths

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.

Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.