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.
Promoting Global Health Awareness Through Hands-On Training
November 26, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – When you get Christina Gunther talking about international study-abroad opportunities provided through Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, the conversation quickly moves from travelogue and course listings to social justice, unique hands-on training and life-altering experiences. Gunther, director, Global Programs & Assessment, isn’t just an advocate—she’s a coach, mentor, diplomat, social worker, international tour director and global healthcare champion. And she’s working to change the world, one student, one country and one cultural experience at a time “with a talented group of faculty.”
CHP Teams Up with Simply Smiles for Mission Trip
April 24, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Exercise science students from the College of Health Professions and one student from the John F. Welch College of Business spent this past spring break on a mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. This was a pilot trip initiated by Valerie Wherley, an exercise science professor at the University, to determine whether or not Oaxaca would be a good fit for service learning for the exercise science program.
Exercise Science Students Get First-Hand Experience
April 23, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s exercise science students have been busy this semester participating in various service-learning initiatives and clinics. Specifically, Professor Valerie Wherley’s pediatrics exercise science students (EX 320) have partnered with local schools in the Bridgeport area as a part of their coursework. Madison Elementary School in Bridgeport serves as one of the host sites for this component of the program. During the semester, students are asked to complete 20 hours of service learning work so they get first-hand experience working with children and adolescents, engaging them in physical activity and sports and seeing classroom and textbook concepts come to life.