Exercise science is the study of how the human body responds and adapts to exercise. In practice, exercise scientists are responsible for designing and implementing exercise programs for a wide breadth of populations. They work to improve the performance of athletes by performing physiological assessments and using that information to design effective training programs. They also work with members of the general population who are interested in improving their health and reducing their disease risk. Exercise scientists may also specialize in working with those with pre-existing diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary challenges, and cancer.

What You’ll Learn

The Exercise Science Major is one of only 18 programs in the country that is both accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

In the Exercise Science program, you'll gain a detailed understanding of the physiological responses to exercise. You'll have both academic and active learning experiences that will teach you to design and implement exercise programs for a wide breadth of populations.


Our comprehensive curriculum provides you the opportunity to participate in Experiential Learning, where you will perform physiological assessments, design individualized exercise programs, and help clients achieve their goals. You'll work in a group research study and complete a supervised internship.

Admission Requirements

To join this program, you'll first enter the college as an Exercise Science Intent. Once you meet all of the following criteria, you will automatically be transitioned to an Exercise Science major.

  • Complete at least 12 credits at the College at Brockport
  • Have at least a 2.75 overall GPA
  • Complete PES 335 with a "C+" or better (typically taken 1st semester sophomore year)

3+3 Doctorate of Physical Therapy

A collaboration with Upstate Medical University, the early decision accelerated 3+3 Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program allows you to complete both your undergraduate degree from The College at Brockport and your physical therapy doctoral degree in just six years.

Career Outlook

An exercise science degree can lead to a variety of careers. Our students have gone on to work as:
  • Strength and conditioning coaches
  • Managers of fitness facilities
  • Personal trainers
  • Corporate fitness directors
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation specialists
Our graduates also use our degree to launch themselves into graduate schools for advanced degrees in fields like:
  • Exercise physiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Biomechanics
  • Occupational therapy
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated March 5, 2019
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