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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
The program utilizes three separate laboratory spaces: The Motion Analysis Lab, The Human Performance Lab, and The Human Cadaver Lab, as well as our Life and Sport Analysis Clinic, providing our EX students with practical, hands-on experience in the field.
Graduates from the exercise science major are prepared to pursue either employment opportunities or additional schooling in all areas of allied health, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, medical school, or graduate studies in Exercise Science.
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.
The program has an Exercise Science Student Club that engages in both campus and community-wide initiatives in the health & wellness arena.
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.