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The Exercise Science program prepares students for a variety of career goals in applied human physiology. The major requires courses in exercise science, biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, and psychology. The senior capstone requires students to complete a senior level experience in research, internship or specialized coursework, and provides a significant experience in problem solving, written and oral communication. Our graduates pursue advanced study in health related areas, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, and sports medicine, and in graduate programs in athletic training and exercise physiology. They are also prepared for career opportunities in health education, cardiac rehabilitation, advanced personal training, health and fitness instruction, weight management consulting, and strength and conditioning.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia's B.S. Exercise Science degree offers a curriculum for students pursuing careers in profit and nonprofit fitness and health promotion industries, Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant, and Athletic Training programs. Students perform much of their studies in the Exercise Science Suite which houses $300,000. worth of equipment. Students use the cutting-edge instrumentation to test musculoskeletal performance, assess body composition, and analyze the functioning of human cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.

Career Opportunities for Exercise Science

  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Chiropractor
  • Athletic trainer
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Health and fitness trainer


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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

EXSC 300 Exercise Physiology

The purpose of this course is to examine human physiology and the responses that occur during both acute and chronic exercise. An understanding of how the body responds to this stress is an imperative for the athletic trainer, health professional (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Doctor of Chiropractic) or exercise physiologist

EXSC 425 Biomechanics

The course stresses the quantitative nature of biomechanics that integrates anatomy, physics, mathematics, and physiology for the study of human movement. The course will cover the foundations of human movement, functional anatomy, and mechanical analysis of human motion.

EXSC 350 Kinesiology

The purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with functional anatomy and the biomechanics of human movement and performance. The focus will be on the physiology of skeletal muscle, muscular arrangements around the major joints of the body, and the properties of muscular force production. There will also be an examination of the skeletal muscle adaptation to various forms of stimuli.

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