Preparing Fitness + Wellness Leaders

Whether you are interested in helping others become healthy and fit through exercise programs, community health services, or through sport and recreation, we’ve got a number of flexible options to fit your career in the exercise science, health and wellness, or sport and recreation fields.

Students working out in the exercise fitness center.
Exercise Science fitness specialist
Sport and exercise science students tour Hadlock field

Pick Your Pathway

Pick Your Pathway

Immerse Yourself

Our classes prepare you for the real world of sport + exercise science, no matter what direction you choose to go.

Human Performance Lab

Providing scientific and practical exploration of exercise theory, this lab allows exercise science majors to educate their clients and promote optimal performance with state-of-the-art equipment.

Learn Directly From Sport Facilities

Apply business knowledge and skills to learn first-hand the demands of sports and recreation-related facilities. Hear directly from sport facility experts themselves.

Get Others Fit

Gain experience in individual and group fitness training, formulate strength and conditioning programs for our sports teams, or prepare for athletic training, physical therapy, or chiropractic medicine.

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Student and Alumni Stories

Teegan Gilreath ’24

Business and Sports Management

Teegan Gilreath
New Balance Track fieldtrip

“I think that getting out of the classroom and touring sports facilities is a very important aspect of my learning experience. From traveling to Boston seeing a brand new facility to going to Portland. Both of these tours were an experience that I have never seen before. This also creates opportunities for us to see if these are potential places that we might work at one day.”

Bethany

Bethany Fox '17

Health and Wellness Promotion

“If I can take my passion and use it to motivate kids to be healthier, and really make an impact and difference in their lives, that’s the most fulfilling job to me. I get so excited to come to work every day and see the kids, try new things, and create strategies that grow this program and make it stand out.”

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John Gardner ’23

Physical Education, minor in Coaching

John Gardner2
John Gardner2 5thGrader 025

“I am using credits from the military and previous education. I went to college when I was younger for law enforcement, and then when I was in the army I worked as a drill sergeant and a recruiter. I really enjoy helping others and teaching sports, so physical education seemed like it was the right path for me.”

Keegan

Keegan Wilcox ’23

business and sport management

“I have noticed that there are many going into the same field as me and that the sports industry has always been a competitive field, but with my work ethic that has portrayed and has stood out here at Saint Joseph’s College I believe that I will find my passion and future career with ease. I have also started my internship with the Maine Celtics working under the game operations staff trying to get my foot into any door that opens.”

Wilcox Hadlock Field

Andrew Shea ’23

Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy track

Andrew Shea
instructing

“It’s very rewarding to take a class like Care Prevention with Tiffany Miller - Gagnon, where you can be hands-on and really experience what you’ll be doing once you graduate. The feeling I get when helping others is why I’m pursuing this career. Anything I can do to make someone's day better, I’ll do.”

Teegan Gilreath ’24

Business and Sports Management

Teegan Gilreath

“I think that getting out of the classroom and touring sports facilities is a very important aspect of my learning experience. From traveling to Boston seeing a brand new facility to going to Portland. Both of these tours were an experience that I have never seen before. This also creates opportunities for us to see if these are potential places that we might work at one day.”

New Balance Track fieldtrip

Bethany Fox '17

Health and Wellness Promotion

Bethany

“If I can take my passion and use it to motivate kids to be healthier, and really make an impact and difference in their lives, that’s the most fulfilling job to me. I get so excited to come to work every day and see the kids, try new things, and create strategies that grow this program and make it stand out.”

Fox students

John Gardner ’23

Physical Education, minor in Coaching

John Gardner2

“I am using credits from the military and previous education. I went to college when I was younger for law enforcement, and then when I was in the army I worked as a drill sergeant and a recruiter. I really enjoy helping others and teaching sports, so physical education seemed like it was the right path for me.”

John Gardner2 5thGrader 025

Keegan Wilcox ’23

business and sport management

Keegan

“I have noticed that there are many going into the same field as me and that the sports industry has always been a competitive field, but with my work ethic that has portrayed and has stood out here at Saint Joseph’s College I believe that I will find my passion and future career with ease. I have also started my internship with the Maine Celtics working under the game operations staff trying to get my foot into any door that opens.”

Wilcox Hadlock Field

Andrew Shea ’23

Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy track

Andrew Shea

“It’s very rewarding to take a class like Care Prevention with Tiffany Miller - Gagnon, where you can be hands-on and really experience what you’ll be doing once you graduate. The feeling I get when helping others is why I’m pursuing this career. Anything I can do to make someone's day better, I’ll do.”

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Why Choose Saint Joseph’s?

Helping others get fit

You’ll gain experience in individual and group fitness training and work with sports teams on campus to apply strength and conditioning knowledge and skills.

Holistic curriculum equals client success

Health and wellness promotion students lead how to analyze a community’s health, develop a plan of action to combat health and wellness issues, and then strategically implement their vision.

Get real-world experience

Outstanding, flexible internships that include ties with the professional sports community in Portland, as well as local recreation organizations.

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Recreational facilities management class field trip to Hadlock field.
Fitness group

Endorsements and Articulation Agreements

Students can take advantage of a variety of specialized programs and articulation agreements that focus on their study to advance their career path.

Exercise Science Graduate Program Articulation Agreements

Students have the opportunity to articulate into University of Southern Maine's Master in Athletic Training, Northeast College of Health Sciences' Doctor of Chiropractic, Merrimack College's Master in Exercise and Sport Science.

Health & Wellness Promotion Graduate Program Articulation Agreements

Saint Joseph’s has an agreement with University of Southern Maine's Master in Occupational Therapy, Merrimack College's Master in Community Health Education and Master in Health and Wellness Management.

National Strength & Conditioning Association Endorsement

Preparation for the gold standard industry certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Community College Transfer Agreements

An agreement with Central Maine Community College's Exercise Science program and all Saint Joseph's College Exercise Science programs - Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Physical Therapy, Sport Performance Specialist.

Exercise fitness instructor Joe Schacht '07
 

Recent Employers

  • Shelby Trained

  • Atria Living

  • Pineland YMCA

  • Greater Portland Health

  • Southern Maine Community College

  • Lakes Region Hospital

  • StretchMed® Winchester

  • POWDR

  • New England Rehabilitation Hospital

Faculty

Karen Croteau, EdD
Karen Croteau, EdDChair, Exercise Science Dept., Professor
Chris Willer, MSEd
Chris Willer, MSEdSport and Exercise Science Assistant Professor
Dawn Strout, MEd
Dawn Strout, MEdExercise Science Assistant Professor
Chris Woodside, EdD
Chris Woodside, EdDSport and Exercise Science/Sports Management Assistant Professor

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