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
SHU Research Paves Way for Smoking Restrictions in Bridgeport Parks
October 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Anna E. Greer, associate professor of exercise science in Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, along with several of her students, recently celebrated a long-awaited victory. On October 5, the Bridgeport City Council voted to ban smoking on beaches, playgrounds and sports fields in all Bridgeport parks, following a campaign led by Greer's 2014 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation class.
SHU Assists with Consumer Reports Testing
October 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A team from Consumer Reports was on site at Sacred Heart University this week to do research for an upcoming article in the magazine. The article will focus on scales that provide information beyond weight, such as body fat, water, bone mass, etc. To that end, the team visited SHU’s Life & Sport Analysis Clinic to have their body fat tested in the University’s Bod Pod. They will compare those results with the results they get on various “smart scales.”
Sacred Heart University to Purchase 150 Acres of Land in Milford
October 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University has entered into an agreement to purchase 150 acres of land on the Housatonic River in Milford. The purchase includes the 18-hole Great River Golf Course and a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse. The purchase price is $6 million, and the land is located only 15 minutes away from SHU’s main campus. We expect the sale to be completed in December. “With this purchase of land, we have an unprecedented opportunity to more than double the University’s acreage,” said Michael Kinney, senior vice president for Finance & Administration at SHU.