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.
Professor Conducts Concussion Research with Help from the Men’s Lacrosse Team
March 5, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Theresa Miyashita, director and assistant professor for the athletic training education program at Sacred Heart University, has begun an accelerometer concussion study at the University. She is using the University’s men’s lacrosse team to help her with this research, which involves the use of accelerometers in the team’s helmets. These sensors detect the amount of impact (in Gs or standard gravity acceleration) a player receives when he gets hit by a ball, a stick, another player or hits the ground.
Track & Field Team Holds Throwing Clinic for Bridgeport Students
January 14, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Members of Bridgeport’s Blackham Middle School’s track & field team were at Sacred Heart University last week for a throwing clinic led by SHU’s track & field team. The brainstorm of Valerie Wherley, professor of exercise science, and organized by Lindsay Aponte, a senior exercise science student and track & field co-captain, the hour-long clinic taught the middle school visitors exercises that will help them improve their throwing skills. Aponte, who hails from West Islip on Long Island, said she enjoyed sharing her love of both exercise science and track & field with the kids. “We ran a fundraiser at Halloween called the Trick or Treat Trot to raise money for their program. Today’s clinic is another way that we can show our support for them,” she said.
SHU Launches Life and Sport Analysis Clinic
May 1, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University officially launched its Life and Sport Analysis Clinic (LSAC) earlier this semester. Based at the Oakview building in Trumbull, the clinic was founded in 2009 in a condensed form, but now it is running at capacity with a dedicated, full-time staff. “The idea was born a few years ago when a couple of the faculty on campus noticed that there was a missing link within the health care system,” says Brendan Rickert, clinical exercise scientist at LSAC.