Exercise Science - BS

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    Program Contact: Dr. Mark Kelley

    Our exercise science major will prepare you to work as a professional in the health and fitness industry. It will also prepare you to be accepted to and succeed in a variety of graduate programs in the health care professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, physician's assistant and medical doctors.

    In our program you will learn how to conduct fitness assessments, evaluate risk factors and health behaviors, and develop and implement safe and effective exercise prescriptions. You will receive a strong science base in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise prescription and assessment, and working with special populations.

    What you can do with a degree in Exercise Science. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

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    Degree Requirements

    Students may earn a major in exercise science by completing the following requirements. A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all Exercise Science majors in EXSCI 1300 or higher courses:

      * EXSCI 1499 has been renamed Internship Exercise Science

    Total credits required for the major: 65

    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    Kelley Mark

    Dr. Mark Kelley


    Director of Exercise Science Program, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science


    162 Sport and Fitness Center

    Stark, Zachary

     Zachary Stark


    Instructor of Exercise Science


    161 Sport & Fitness Center

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Rehabilitation technician, ATI Physical Therapy, Levittown, PA
    • Physical therapy aide, Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, Bradford, PA
    • Therapist aide, Helen Hayes Hospital, Haverstraw, NY 
    Graduate School:
    • Chatham University
    • University of Pittsburgh, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
    • New York College of Chiropractic
    • Bloomsburg University
    • East Stroudsburg University, Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology  
    • Slippery Rock University, Doctor of Occupational Therapy program
    • Gannon University, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
    • California University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science  in Exercise Science