Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

  • Overview

    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.
  • Curriculum

    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 leader track, prepares students for successful employment right out of college in fields such as personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, 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

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

  • Some of our faculty
    • Lisa Ahearn

      Instructor of Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Science Chair

      PhD Candidate, United States Sports Academy
      MS, Ithaca College
      BS, Plymouth State College

      Learn more about Lisa

    • Thomas C. Dann

      Instructor of Exercise Science

      MEd, Cleveland State University
      BA, Wittenberg University

      Learn more about Tom

    • Dr. Karen Croteau

      Professor of Sport and Exercise Science

      EdD, Boston University
      MEd, McNeese State University
      BS, Bridgewater State College

      Learn more about Karen

    Lisa Ahearn

    Instructor of Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Science Chair

    PhD Candidate, United States Sports Academy
    MS, Ithaca College
    BS, Plymouth State College

    Learn more about Lisa

    Thomas C. Dann

    Instructor of Exercise Science

    MEd, Cleveland State University
    BA, Wittenberg University

    Learn more about Tom

    Dr. Karen Croteau

    Professor of Sport and Exercise Science

    EdD, Boston University
    MEd, McNeese State University
    BS, Bridgewater State College

    Learn more about Karen

    Learn More About Our
  • Student Stories
    • Jimmy Kennedy

      Jimmy Kennedy '13 loved utilizing the Center for Human Performance to assess clients and create effective and efficient programs to meet a variety of different goals.

    • Jenna Chase

      Jenna Chase ’11 played a key part in the College earning the Maine Fitness Award for its success in improving the health and well-being of staff and faculty by providing them with healthy lifestyle opportunities.

    • Joe Schacht

      Joe Schacht '07 owns a local fitness facility and credits an internship he completed as an undergrad with acting as a bridge to his current job.

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