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Exercise Science BS

William Brewer, Director of Exercise Science
(585) 475-2476, wsbscl@rit.edu

Program overview

Exercise science is a growing field that scientifically addresses issues of health and fitness as well as human performance. The exercise science major provides students with a solid educational base in the biomedical sciences along with a core curriculum in exercise physiology, fitness, and kinesiology. The major offers two tracks – athletic and clinical – providing students with career driven course selection to develop the skill set needed for professional practice. The clinical track is for students interested in helping people recover from the unhealthy effects of a sedentary lifestyle and the athletic track focuses on training athletes to extend and expand their capacity to perform.

The exercise science degree requires the completion of 120 credit hours, which includes 65 credits in the liberal arts and sciences, 6 elective credits and 49 credits specifically in exercise science course work. The degree is designed to be completed in four years.

Program tracks

The clinical track is for students interested in utilizing exercise as a therapeutic modality. Clinical exercise medicine is an emerging field that is poised to grow as the population ages. This field is designed for students who wish to become the newest practitioners in health care, providing exercise services as an integrated medical service. Clinical exercise physiologists perform fitness assessments, design exercise prescriptions, and implement therapeutic exercise programs for health promotion.

The athletic track is for students who want to raise the bar of performance for athletes at all levels. Courses utilize a scientific approach to athletic conditioning, allowing students to learn how to better train and maintain athletes. Skilled strength and conditioning specialists are in demand at all sports levels and the prevalence of private sector training facilities has never been higher. Students intent on a career training athletes will be well prepared to advise and guide athletic performers.

Certification

Students who complete the athletic track are prepared to achieve professional certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). The CSCS is a highly respected and sought after credential in the field of strength conditioning. Students enrolled in the clinical track are well prepared to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist exam. This certification validates the knowledge, skills and abilities of fitness and exercise practitioners. 

Curriculum

Exercise science, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-101, 103 General Biology I and Lab 4
BIOL-102, 104 General Biology II and Lab 4
CHMG-141, 145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHMG-142, 146 LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II and Lab 4
EXSC-101 Seminar in Exercise Science 1
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 3
EXSC-150 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
  First Year Writing Seminar 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
Second Year
MEDS-250 Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab 4
MEDS-251 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4
PHYS-111, 112 College Physics I, II 8
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics 3
EXSC-206 Fitness Perscription 3
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
EXSC-210 Human Motor Development 3
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
Third Year
EXSC-350 Exercise Physiology and Lab 4
EXSC-410 Kinesiology and Lab 4
EXSC-420 Biomechanics and Lab 4
EXSC-490 Exercise Science Research (WI) 3
  Professional Electives 6
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
EXSC-270 Group Exercise Design 3
EXSC-360 Worksite Health Promotion 3
EXSC-320 Coaching Healthy Behavior 3
EXSC-380 Sports Psychology 3
  Open Electives 6
  Professional Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.