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Exercise Science BS

An exercise science degree that scientifically addresses issues of health and fitness by focusing on how people can recover from the unhealthy effects of chronic lifestyle diseases and on training athletes to extend and expand their performance.

Program skills

The exercise science program has set the following student goals and learning outcomes: integrate scientific information and research into practice, develop communication skills and professional behaviors for entry into pre-professional practice, develop and deliver information and clinical customer services, demonstrate foundational knowledge of core sciences, and prepare students for successful completion of National Fitness Certification Exams.

Program facilities equipment

Students have access to the NEEDs Lab and the Fitness Lab. The NEEDs Lab is a space that allows students and faculty to approach nutrition education as a design and engineering problem, identifying/mobilizing expert researchers and practitioners in evaluation, statistical analyses, education, nutritional sciences, and health promotion. The Fitness Lab houses state-of-the-art equipment utilized by exercise science students to gain hands-on experience conducting fitness assessments and testing.

Program job titles

Personal Trainer; Strength and Conditioning Coach; Fitness Specialist;

Program significant points

  • Students who complete the athletic track are prepared to achieve professional certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Students completing the clinical track are well prepared to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist exam.

Select program hiring partners

National Institute of Health; EXOS


Outcome Rates for Exercise Science BS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 50.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 50.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 50.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 50.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

Cooperative education and internships are work experience in your field of study. And they set RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. Cooperative education and internships are designed for your success.

Cooperative education and internships are optional but strongly encouraged for students in the exercise science major.