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About Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science was approved in the spring of 2008. The principal goal of the Exercise Science (EXSC) Program is to provide students with sound academic preparation in the science of human movement. Students will acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) related to the theoretical and practical components of exercise science theory and practice. Graduates will be leaders in the promotion and maintenance of health, physical activity, and fitness within their workplace and community settings or enroll in further study in exercise physiology or allied health graduate professional programs. The proposed curriculum will allow students to complete prerequisites required for most physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant programs.

In order to obtain admission into the Exercise Science Program, after 60 credit hours the EXSC Admission Application must be completed and submitted to the EXSC Program Director October 15th and March 15th.  In addition, an admission essay (500 words, 2 pages double spaced in Times New Roman 12 point font) that details the student's career goals and current progress towards these career goals as well as two professional letters of recommendation.  Transfer students with more than 60 credit hours will be evaluated after they complete one semester at Winthrop.


The Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance in the Richard W. Riley College of Education houses the Exercise Science degree program. The degree requires 126 semester hours of coursework which includes a full-time internship as the culminating experience. The required coursework includes nutrition, diet and weight control, exercise testing and prescription, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, strength and conditioning, exercise and health promotion, and physical activity for the aging population. In addition, students have 15 semester hours of selective. Students planning for graduate study in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, or physician assistant can select required pre-requisite classes such as chemistry, physic or psychology. Students seeking careers in wellness can select courses such as risk management, event management, or substance abuse education. The curriculum is designed to allow students to tailor their course selections to meet their long term career goals in exercise science or to meet pre-requisite requirements for future graduate education in an allied health discipline.

Careers/Graduate School

Each student can tailor a program to meet his or her career goals. Students preparing for careers in community or school-based recreational programs elect a course of study which includes event and fiscal management of fitness programs. Those seeking careers in the fitness industry (personal trainer, exercise specialist, industrial or corporate fitness specialist, and health clubs) elect advanced course work in health promotion and fitness. Students seeking admission into graduate programs in physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation or physician’s assistant focus their coursework in the biological sciences, chemistry and physics. Students with a degree in Exercise Science can be employed in a multitude of environments such as fitness centers, spas, YM and YWCAs, cardiac rehabilitation.

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