What Will I Study?
This program is designed for students interested in an undergraduate liberal arts and science education program examining the scientific foundations of Exercise Science. The program includes foundational core classes (e.g., Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise Physiology, and Kinesiology) and elective courses tailored to the student’s interest.
The major features a 3+2 accelerated program into the MS Exercise Science and Nutrition program, a 3+3 accelerated program into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, an Honors Program, Service Learning Program and Internship Program.
Students successfully completing this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge in exercise physiology, human anatomy, and exercise prescription as it applies to apparently healthy, compromised, and special populations (e.g., children, older adults)
- Demonstrate knowledge in strength and conditioning concepts and behavioral influences on exercise adherence
- Continue their education in various allied health fields (e.g., Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Occupational Therapy, etc.)
- Sit for the National Strength & Conditioning Association licensure exam for the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) credential. Read more about this credential.
- Sit for the American College of Sports Medicine licensure exam for Health Fitness Specialist (H.F.S.) credential. Read more about this credential.
Work in the allied health field from settings such as elite performance centers, corporate fitness facilities, and hospitals. This major is also a great fit for careers in pharmaceutical or medical sales.
Why Choose Exercise Science at SHU?
The Exercise Science program at SHU has a career-specific focused approach, ensuring that students have the basic knowledge to continue their studies or pursue employment in the diversity of fields under the Exercise Science umbrella. The curriculum is highly focused upon providing a sound foundation of exercise science principles coupled with elective courses ranging from Clinical Gait Analysis to Behavioral Aspects of Exercise Science.
The program utilizes three separate laboratory spaces. The Motion Analysis Lab contains two force plates, EMG equipment, a 10-camera 3D motion analysis system, and an AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. The Human Performance Lab maintains a ParvoMedics Metabolic Cart, BOD POD Body Composition Tracking System, a Wattbike Trainer, and equipment suited for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal testing and exercise. The Human Cadaver Lab is also used for demonstrative purposes within the Pathophysiology and Kinesiology courses.
The program has seven full-time faculty that are active in their respective scholarly fields. These fields include the following: strength and conditioning, nutritional influences on health and performance, rehabilitation, biomechanics, health promotion, and community-outreach programs. All lecture and laboratory sections are taught by faculty members and laboratory sizes are maintained with a maximum of a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students are matched with faculty advisors based on their interests within the major. The program also has an Exercise Science Student Club that engages in both campus and community-wide initiatives in the health & wellness arena.
Will I Have Internship Opportunities?
The Exercise Science program has opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and gain practical experience. Honors, undergraduate research, service learning, clinical rotation, and internship programs collaborate with over 30 professional affiliates that are locally and nationally recognized in a broad range of exercise science disciplines and professions. A semester long clinical rotation or internship is required for all Exercise Science majors. Affiliations include Bridgeport Hospital, Bluestreak Sports Training, and various Public Health departments.
Will I Have Study Abroad Opportunities?
The Exercise Science program has many students travel overseas to complete requirements towards their degree. Previous students have studied in Ireland, Italy and Australia. Students work with their faculty advisors to set up their appropriate course planning to meet their individual academic needs. These options are available to students in an accelerated track (e.g., 3+2 MS, 3+3 DPT) as well.
Are there Special Admission Requirements?
The Exercise Science program formally accepts students following their second semester of Undergraduate course work. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a minimum grade of C in Introduction to Exercise Science (EX 100) and General Biology I/II are required for admission.
Freshmen interested in applying into the Exercise Science program can contact Valerie Wherley, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor.