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.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, human development and behavior, human movement, exercise principles, nutrition and health, and be able to apply this knowledge within various contexts.
  2. Analyze, evaluate and utilize research related to exercise, nutrition, and health.
  3. Perform health, fitness and performance assessments and utilize this information to develop safe and effective exercise programs based on the needs and goals of the individual or group.
  4. Integrate leadership, motivational strategies, and management skills in promoting principles of fitness, nutrition, health, and/or performance.
  5. Create and apply effective interventions and strategies for improving fitness, nutrition, health and/or performance of a diverse population including athletes, youth, adults and individuals with physical or health limitations.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of, and apply professionalism, interprofessional collaboration, and advocacy within exercise science and related fields.

Recent Internships

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. It is also provides a pathway for individuals interested in graduate studies. Alumni of the Regis exercise science degree are employed as clinical stress test technicians, personal trainers, strength and conditioning instructors, physical and health education teachers, coaches, etc. Students who have chosen to pursue graduate studies have entered programs for physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical exercise physiology, education, nursing, and sport management.

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

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