Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science


The exercise science major enables students to explore the many links between exercise, fitness, sport performance, and health. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for careers in Exercise Science look to be faster to much faster than average through the period of 2016-2026.

Graduates in exercise science will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to create effective fitness programs in a variety of settings for a variety of populations, formulate strength and conditioning programs for athletes, and pursue further study in areas such as athletic training, physical therapy, clinical exercise physiology, chiropractic medicine, and strength and conditioning.

Exercise science majors gain a considerable amount of hands-on experience through classroom activities, community-based learning, on-campus practica, and off-campus internships. The Human Performance Lab in the Alfond Center provides students with many opportunities for hands-on experience in all aspects of exercise testing. We also utilize the fitness center to gain experience in individual and group fitness training and work with sports teams on campus to apply strength and conditioning knowledge and skills.

At a Glance

  • Faculty with real-world experience in the fitness and sports performance fields
  • Human Performance Lab provides scientific and practical exploration of exercise theoryNSCA ERP Logo
  • Outstanding and flexible internship experiences and observation sites
  • Eligible to participate in the Exercise Science Club, a group that promotes fitness and health with the on-campus and off campus communities
  • Preparation for the gold standard industry certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association

New Tracks

With greater interest and projected growth in the need for athletic trainers and chiropractors, we have added 2 additional tracks to our Exercise Science major: pre-athletic training and pre-chiropractic.

Pre-Athletic Training Track

Undergraduate Athletic Training programs are being phased out as the new standard for sitting for the national exam for Athletic Training is a master’s degree. The vast majority of Masters in Athletic Training (MAT) programs will be entry-level, meaning it is designed for students from undergraduate programs other than Athletic Training. The undergraduate major providing the most relevant coursework for MAT programs at present is Exercise Science.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of Athletic Trainers is expected to grow 19% during the 2018-2028 time frame; this rate is considered much faster than average for all occupations. Demand for Athletic Trainers currently exists in high school and college athletics settings, with the highest area of projected growth expected with the rise of middle and older age adults’ participation in sports and recreation activities.

Pre-Chiropractic Track

Given the aging population and their need for treatment relating to neuromusculoskeletal and joint problems, as well as their desire to lead longer and more active lives, there will be greater opportunities for chiropractors. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of chiropractors is expected to grow 7% during the 2018-2028 time frame; this rate is considered faster than average for all occupations.

New York Chiropractic College logoThe Exercise Science/Pre-Chiropractic track, with its emphasis on movement and science, prepares students for Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) graduate programs. We have obtained an articulation agreement with New York Chiropractic College, whereby students at Saint Joe’s who earn a minimum 3.0 GPA and a grade of “C” or better in pre-requisite courses and who signed a letter of intent during their first two years at Saint Joe’s would receive admission to NYCC. Furthermore, students would qualify for various levels of fellowship funding depending on their overall GPA.


There are five tracks available for exercise science majors.

*Note: these tracks will also help prepare students for other advanced degree programs, such as exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation.

Exercise Science Minor

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


Dr. Karen Croteau
Dr. Karen CroteauProfessor of Sport and Exercise Science, Chair
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
Dawn Strout
Dawn StroutAssistant Professor of Exercise Science
M.Ed. University of Maine Orono B.S., University of Maine Orono


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 ’11Associate Director, Health & Wellness Programming
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.