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Study human movement and the body’s physiological adaptations to exercise as you pursue a degree in exercise science. Students learn the scientific and medical aspects of physical activity, fitness, health and sport performance. The program includes a strong science-based curriculum with requirements in biology, chemistry and physics. Students then progress to courses in kinesiology, exercise assessment and programming, exercise physiology, and biomechanics which provide them with foundational knowledge and practical application of performance principles. Students gain hands-on experience in performing fitness evaluations, developing exercise prescriptions, and implementing these programs with peers, faculty and staff. Students are encouraged to gain experience outside the classroom as they progress through the program, and must complete two internships during their senior year of study.
At the completion of the program, students will:
All students in the BS in Exercise Science must complete two internships during their senior year of study. Internship experiences in areas such as medical fitness, nuclear cardiology, exercise testing, sport performance, and strength and conditioning provide students the opportunity to explore careers in the field. Internship sites include Mass General Hospital, The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Crossroads School, Wellesley College, Posture Perfect, YMCA and numerous other locations. Students may choose to complete their internships at previously established sites, or develop a relationship in a new setting. Establishing a quality internship that fits the student’s goals and provides them with hands-on experience are key factors in preparing them to enter their career or to pursue future graduate studies. The exercise science program is a pathway for students who wish to prepare for graduate studies in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, clinical exercise physiology, athletic training and other allied health fields.
Careers and Steps to Graduate Studies
The BS in Exercise Science prepares students to enter a variety of careers in the fitness and allied health industry.
Gain Hands-On Experience
Students in the exercise science major participate in numerous class activities that provide hands-on experience.
With the help of Professor Fuller and Devin Cashman I was able to land an internship at Mass General Hospital my senior year of college which ended up turning into a job at the end of my internship. The Exercise Science program gave me the confidence I needed to show my supervisor how seriously I took the internship.Taylor Bunkley '20, Exercise Science