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 curriculum is also designed to provide students with a foundation in health science, which is consistent in all areas of allied health. The didactic and clinical components allow students the opportunity to explore and pursue a number of areas which compose the allied health professions. Graduates from the exercise science major are prepared to pursue either employment opportunities or additional schooling in all areas of allied health (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, medical school, or graduate studies in Exercise Science).
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.
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