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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Upward Bound session scheduled for March 7 is cancelled.
  • Saturday's Archeology Day activities at the Museum have been postponed until Saturday, March 14.
  • The MPA Program's "Career Conversations" event with Dr. Michele Reba has been postponed until Wednesday, March 11, at 1 p.m., Wilson Hall, Room 412.
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.
  • The Arkansas State University Regional Math Contest scheduled for Saturday, March 7, has been rescheduled to 4:45 pm on Monday, March 9. For more information please see the Math Departments Homepage.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


The Arkansas State University Exercise Science program is designed to prepare students for a variety of jobs in commercial fitness, corporate fitness, and the clinical settings through the combination of course work and practical experiences provided in a supervised environment. Graduates of the program will be prepared to take certification exams offered through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Obtaining this degree along with nationally recognized certifications will prepare individuals to work in commercial, corporate, and clinical settings.

Admission Process

The Exercise Science degree focuses on physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and biochemistry and its application to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.  This degree is designed to prepare students to work in several different potential settings including personal training, cardiac rehabilitation in hospitals/clinics, and worksite wellness facilities.  Students will learn the principals of developing and implementing exercise plans for groups and individuals.  Courses are taught using standards and guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) to facilitate students passing of certification exams making them more marketable. 

A significant portion of coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science requires that courses be completed in a specific order of sequence.  The required course sequencing sheet along with a degree check-sheet can be obtained from the Exercise Science Program Director or the departmental academic advisor.  Course rotations begin in the Fall semester.  All students entering the Exercise Science program are obligated to follow the required course-sequencing sheet, meaning they will have a minimum of two years of course work in order to complete the program.  This includes students that change their major and those that are transferring in from another institution.

Career Opportunity & Salary

  • Personal trainer – average salary $30,000-$35,000 annually
  • Cardiac rehabilitation –average salary $40,000 - $45,000 annually
  • Clinical exercise physiologist –average salary $45,000 - $50,000 annually
  • Director of a wellness facility - $45,000-$50,000 annually