The Exercise Science program offers both undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S.) degree programs. Each program has been uniquely developed to fully immerse students within the field by utilizing state-of-the-art facilities, an engaged and dedicated full-time faculty with a range of research interests, and by providing a wide-breadth of clinical and community experiences.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Exercise Science is designed for students interested in studying all aspects related to human movement including physiology, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, neural control, health & fitness, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, wellness and nutrition.
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science and Nutrition is a structured, interdisciplinary post-professional graduate degree program. The three major components of the curriculum are (1) core/foundational courses, (2) two degree tracks (clinical or performance), and (3) a thesis or final project requirement. Sacred Heart undergraduates have the opportunity to complete their undergraduate work in 3 years and enter the MS program in their 4th year (3 + 2 option).
Graduates of the clinical track will have opportunities in hospital-based settings working in cardiac, pulmonary, cancer or immune disease patient rehabilitation. Performance track graduates will typically work with athletic populations in sports performance facilities or as strength and conditioning coaches at the high school or collegiate level. Both tracks prepare students for advanced degree programs such as a Ph.D., Ed.D, or D.Sc in related disciplines.
Exercise Science Programs Offered
- Bachelor of Science in Excercise Science
- Accelerated 3 + 2 Exercise Science and Nutrition Program
- Accelerated 3 + 3 Physical Therapy Program
- Master of Science in Exercise Science and Nutrition
Life & Sport Analysis Clinic to Host RUNscience
December 2, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Calling all athletes, teachers and coaches who love to run! Sacred Heart University’s Life & Sport Analysis Clinic is hosting RUNscience, an evidence-based sports science clinic for local running coaches and athletes this January at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. The clinic will include expert speakers in the fields of biomechanics, nutrition and physiology. Lectures from high school, collegiate and professional coaches will also be on the agenda.
Pediatric Obesity: Prevalence, Management and Intervention Programs
November 30, 2015
Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University’s Department of Exercise Science will host a colloquium on Wednesday, December 2, at 2 p.m. in University Commons about pediatric obesity. Students will discuss what they’ve learned in their senior seminar class. This event is free and open to the public.
SHU Research Paves Way for Smoking Restrictions in Bridgeport Parks
October 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Anna E. Greer, associate professor of exercise science in Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, along with several of her students, recently celebrated a long-awaited victory. On October 5, the Bridgeport City Council voted to ban smoking on beaches, playgrounds and sports fields in all Bridgeport parks, following a campaign led by Greer's 2014 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation class.