University of Jamestown’s Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science equips graduates for a variety of careers in exercise physiology, sport science, physical therapy, and more, as well as for further education at the master’s or doctorate level.

While the study of physiological responses to exercise has been around since the 1890s, exercise science is a relatively new discipline. University of Jamestown’s exercise science curriculum follows the guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and graduates are eligible to sit for the Health Fitness Specialist Certification Exam.

Program Strengths

As a student majoring in exercise science at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • caring, talented faculty who work one-on-one with students
  • an up-to-date curriculum that follows ACSM guidelines
  • a wealth of opportunities for hands-on learning integrating the latest technology in the field
  • a cross-disciplinary approach providing not only knowledge and skills in your major, but a broad-based education


Work with the latest technology


Dartfish Motion Analysis Software: Analyze technical performances before and after training, and improve your understanding of motor skill acquisition, technique analysis and feedback, and application into sport science and physical education.

TriFIT Fitness Assessment Software: The latest in fitness and wellness software for teachers and fitness professionals to provide full fitness assessment, exercise planning, and health risk appraisals.

Metabolic Cart & ECG: Use the top-of-the-line Medgraphics Ultima CPX metabolic cart for breath by breath gas analysis and Cardiac Science wireless ECG monitoring system and treadmill for maximum oxygen consumption testing.

Anaerobic Power Analysis: Test your peak anaerobic power using the Peak Bike by Monarck designed for the Wingate Anaerobic Power test.

iPads and Apps: Use iPads and a variety of health and fitness apps to increase productivity and apply practices learned in authentic learning experiences.

Heart Rate Monitors: Use these monitors to assist in managing exercise sessions for a variety of population groups.

Accelerometers: Track and monitor your every move on the FitBIT One accelerometer. This 3D movement analysis devices records the intensity and duration of physical activity, calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled, flight of stairs walked, time taken to fall asleep, the number of times awakened during the night, and your actual sleep time. Track your nutritional intake through an application and upload it all to your own personal website.

Web 2.0 Sites: Use a variety of new Web 2.0 sites to do anything from plan and design a fitness center, create a webpage, analyze your diet, or create a podcast movie.


Field Experience

University of Jamestown exercise science students gain hands-on experience at a variety of facilities, including:

  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center Cardiopulmonary Rehab and Wellness Center
  • James River Family YMCA Larson Center
  • Frappier Acceleration training

Specific coursework for this major is outlined can be Viewed Here or downloaded here.

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.

Chris Mahoney, MSAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: MS, Northern State University
Teaches: Technology Integration, Curriculum/Standards & Assessment, Elementary Methods, PE Methods, Teaching Fitness Education, MS & HS Activities & Materials, PE Seminar, Adapted PE, Social Dance

More information about the chair.

Certifications/Degrees: MS, Cal Poly Pomona State University
Teaches: Theory of Track and Field


Certifications/Degrees: BA, St. Olaf College
Teaches: Theory of Volleyball


Certifications/Degrees: BA, University of Arizona; MS, University of Arizona
Teaches: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology of Exercise, Methods in Aerobic and Resistance Training, Phys Education and Recreation, Exercise Mgmt (persons with chronic disease & disabilities)


Certifications/Degrees: BS, North Dakota State University; BA, Jamestown College
Teaches: Sports First Aid and Injury Care


Certifications/Degrees: MS, Northern State University
Teaches: Intro to Kinesiology


Certifications/Degrees: Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University


Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Health Education and Tennis/Golf


Certifications/Degrees: BS University of Jamestown, MS University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Teaches: Introduction to Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology


Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota

  • University of Jamestown
    Kinesiology Department
    6032 College Lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • University of Jamestown
    6072 College Lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • Chris Mahoney, MS Assistant Professor

    mahoney@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5564

  • Marla J. Walter, MS Instructor

    mwalter@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5712