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


There are three tracks available for exercise science majors.

  • Pre-physical therapy track – prepares students for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate programs, as well as other advanced degree programs, such as athletic training, chiropractic, exercise physiology, and cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Sport performance track – recommended for students interested in strength and conditioning careers, as well as students considering graduate school in strength and conditioning and other related specializations.
  • Fitness specialist track – prepares students for successful employment in fitness right out of college in fields such as personal training and group fitness in commercial, corporate, community, and clinical settings.

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.