Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

exercise science student helping another student in the fitness centerThe Exercise Science major enables you to explore many relationships between exercise and the areas of health, wellness and sport performance. You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to create effective health and wellness programs in a variety of non-educational settings, strength and conditioning programs for athletes, and/or to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas, including clinical exercise physiology, athletic training, physical therapy and strength training and conditioning.

Track One, Exercise Specialist Track, involves a more in-depth background in the math and sciences to better prepare you for graduate study.

Track Two, Fitness Leader Track, prepares you for successful employment in fields such as personal training, strength and conditioning coach, and corporate fitness programming.

Program Certification

Certificate of recognition from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, an educational distinction held by only 70 colleges nationally.

Strengths of the program

  • Outstanding and flexible internship experiences, including hands-on fitness consulting with college community in campus fitness center
  • Personal attention and mentoring by faculty
  • Human performance lab
  • Exercise Science Club very active in promoting fitness and health on and off campus

Human Performance Lab

Exercise science majors can tout a major addition to their academic toolkit with the Center for Human Performance in the Alfond Center. Professor Tom Dann says the performance lab gives students great hands-on experience with their fitness clients by way of new testing and strengthening equipment that helps to customize each person’s ideal fitness program.

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Meet Jimmy Kennedy

Jimmy Kennedy '13 exercise science“I've had an opportunity to observe and participate in a number of different settings include personal training, physical therapy, and facility management.... where things I've learned in the classroom can be applied to real word scenarios.”

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One-on-one talk with faculty

Tom Dann, exercise science facultyProfessor Dann talks about the distinction of the exercise science program and its focus on the philosophy of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

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In the news

Making exercise a science
Microbiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, nutrition, physiology, chemistry

The B.S. in Exercise Science is a specialized course of study with an intense,
science-based curriculum