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Exercise Science

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science Major is designed for students who are interested in studying the body as it pertains to human movement and the physiological changes that occur in the body in response to exercise and physical activity. It is intended for students who would like to pursue a career in exercise science, sports medicine, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, personal training, strength and conditioning, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Exercise Science is a multidisciplinary evidenced-based program, which is fast-growing and ever changing. Exercise Scientists use their knowledge of the human body and exercise leadership skills to help people improve physical performance, fitness, health and overall quality of life.

The Exercise Science major has some flexibility where students must choose an option (Human Performance or Allied Health) that best accomplishes their career objectives.


Allied Health Option

This option best prepares students for graduate programs in exercise physiology, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehab, or other health professions.

Required courses outside of the Human Performance and Movement Science department help students understand the broader field of health.

Students in this option use courses from the integrative studies program and elective credits in biology, psychology, chemistry, and physics to fulfill prerequisites for graduate school. View Allied Health option courses.


Human Performance Option

This option best prepares students to enter professional practice in exercise leadership after graduation.

Coursework prepares students for American College of Sports Medicine certification as a personal trainer or as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. Students in this option may select additional hands on experience through the Coaching Practicum and Externship. View Human Performance option courses.


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Dorothy Carrien
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Keene, New Hampshire 03435