Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science


The exercise science major enables students to explore the many relationships between exercise and the areas of health, wellness, and sport performance.

Graduates of the degree will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to create effective health and wellness programs in a variety of non-educational settings, to formulate strength and conditioning programs for athletes, and to pursue further study in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, athletic training, physical therapy, and strength training and conditioning.

Exercise science majors benefit from 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.

At a Glance

  • Outstanding and flexible internship experiences, including hands-on fitness consulting with the College’s campus fitness center.
  • Students have access to personal attention and mentoring by faculty.
  • The Center for Human Performance allows for a scientific exploration of exercise theory.
  • Students can participate in the active Exercise Science Club, a group that promotes fitness and health within the community both on and off campus.
  • Certification upon completion from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


There are three tracks available for exercise science majors. Track one, the sports performance track, is recommended for students interested in sport performance and conditioning careers, as well as students considering graduate school and involves a more in-depth background in math and sciences.

Track two, pre-physical therapy track, prepares students for graduate school, particularly those students who are interested in pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and other advanced degrees such as Chiropractic, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Exercise Physiology.

Track three, the fitness specialist track, prepares students for successful employment right out of college in fields such as personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, career in cardiac rehabilitation, and corporate fitness programming.

The major culminates with students earning a certificate of recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, an educational distinction held by only 70 colleges nationwide.

Exercise Science Minor

minor is exercise science is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.

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Meet Our Faculty


Dr. Karen Croteau
Dr. Karen CroteauProfessor of Sport and Exercise Science
EdD, Boston University
MEd, McNeese State University
BS, Bridgewater State College
Adam Swartzendruber
Adam SwartzendruberAssistant Professor, Sport & Exercise Science
DHEd, A.T. Still University
MS, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
BS, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Thomas C. Dann
Thomas C. DannInstructor of Exercise Science
MEd, Cleveland State University
BA, Wittenberg University


Ross Hardaway ’11
Ross Hardaway ’11Redefining the Fitness Business
Ross’ business has evolved from a personal training model to a focus on health coaching and wellness, which he says is new in the industry.
Jenna Chase ’11
Jenna Chase ’11Ass’t Director, Campus Recreation
Jenna played a key part in the College earning the Maine Fitness Award for its success in improving the health & well-being of staff and faculty by providing healthier lifestyle opportunities.
Joe Schacht ’07
Joe Schacht ’07Fit for Business
Joe, a fitness facility entrepreneur, credits an internship he completed as an undergrad with acting as a bridge to his current business.


A degree in exercise science can lead to a promising career in personal training, physical therapy, coaching, and much more.