Exercise Science | Winthrop University

Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science

Exercise Science studies the relationship between physical activity and the human body. The program’s broad curriculum focuses all types of physical activity including exercise, sport performance and rehabilitation. Our faculty-scholars deliver a program where the goal is for students to become productive stewards in our discipline and be competitive for graduate studies in allied health related professions or for entry into the workforce.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • Acts Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
  • BenchMark Physical Therapy
  • Hibbett Sporting Goods
  • IVYREHAB Network
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Maxwell Group, Inc.
  • McLeod Health
  • Mosaic Pediatric Therapy
  • Parker University
  • Piedmont Airlines
  • Prisma Health
  • Saluda High School
  • Senior Living Communities, LLC
  • Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers
  • Systems Implementers Inc.
  • University of South Carolina
  • US Army
  • YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Area Director, Partner
  • Associate Attorney
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Executive Director
  • Fitness Director
  • Lifestyle Advisor
  • Manager of Healthcare Recruiting
  • Program Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Rehabilitation Technician
  • Relocation Director
  • Research Physiologist (71B)
  • Staffing Specialist
  • Team Captain
  • Utilization Management Specialist
  • Wellness Director

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Higher Education
  2. Health, Wellness and Fitness
  3. Hospital & Health Care
  4. Hospitals and Health Care
  5. Medical Practice
  6. Retail
  7. Restaurants
  8. Financial Services
  9. Military
  10. Sports

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

    The degree requires 120 semester hours of coursework which includes a full-semester internship as the capstone experience and completion of a national certification credentialing examination. The required coursework includes biology and chemistry courses for science majors, two semesters of anatomy and physiology, food and nutrition, group exercise leadership, exercise testing and prescription, anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, exercise and health promotion, psychology of sport and physical activity, and physical activity for special and aging populations.


    Athletic training is the art and science of the prevention, recognition, care, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses in physically active individuals. It involves the organization and administration of athletic training programs, as well as the education and counseling of a physically active population. Athletic training has been recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession and is practiced under the supervision of a physician. The certified athletic trainer is an essential member of the athletic health care team in a variety of settings including secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, sports medicine clinics and industrial settings.


Why Winthrop?

Two students in the West Center weight room

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Exercise Science students have access to a broad array of state-of-the-art exercise and athletic training equipment housed in both the Lois Rhame West Center and the Lowenstein Exercise Science Lab.

Students outside of the racquetball courts

Flexible Course Options

Each student can tailor a program to meet his or her career goals with available courses in event and fiscal management, health promotion and fitness, and the biological sciences.

Athletic training student taking someone's blood pressure

Hands-on Experience

Gain experience as a graduate associate on campus or with an internship at a local hospital, physical therapy clinic, commercial fitness center, or senior living complex.

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Beyond Graduation

Graduates are well-prepared for careers in community or school-based recreational programs; or as personal trainers, exercise specialists, or corporate fitness specialists in the fitness industry. The Exercise Science program provides a strong academic foundation for those who wish to go on to graduate school to become physical or occupational therapists, physician’s assistants, or to work in cardiac rehabilitation.