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
Coaches, Athletes Invited to Annual Running Clinic
November 15, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University will host its second annual RUNScience clinic for local running coaches and athletes Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center. The evidence-based sports science clinic will include expert speakers in the fields of biomechanics, nutrition and physiology, as well as lectures from high school, collegiate and professional coaches.
USA Today: Weak hands, weak body? Millennials lose grips
July 28, 2016
If you need help using the latest smartphone app, ask a Millennial. If you need help opening a jar, you might want to turn elsewhere. Young adults in the United States are losing their grips, a recent study suggests. Researchers tested 237 of them and found that men ages 20 to 34 and women in their early 20s had significantly weaker hand grips than young people tested in 1985. Women in their late 20s were weaker in their right, but not left, hands.
SHU Partners with The Watermark to Offer Free Community Health Fair
July 18, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Students in Sacred Heart University’s Exercise and Aging course helped plan and coordinate a recent health fair at The Watermark at 3030 Park retirement center in Bridgeport. About 60 people from 3030 Park and the surrounding community attended the second annual health fair. The free event featured 20 stations that included massage therapists, strength and fitness testing, dietary information and other health vendors.