Program Overview

Salisbury University's B.S. Exercise Science Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in various health and fitness occupations, or for graduate education in exercise science or other pre-professional health-related disciplines such as physical therapy, physician assistance and medicine. The program is also designed to prepare students for professional certification by appropriate organizations.

The academic foundation of exercise science is in physiology, bioenergetics, and movement anatomy and mechanics, with applications to exercise responses and adaptations, strength and conditioning, sport performance, and disease and injury. Courses include human anatomy & physiology, fitness instruction, exercise physiology, fitness and stress testing, kinesiology, and injury prevention and emergency management. The program requires a 375-hour internship experience (10 credits), and includes many hands-on opportunities in health and fitness initiatives and scientific research.  Only upper-level exercise science courses are offerred at USG.  General education and lower-level exercise science coursework must be completed before entering the USG Exercise Science Program.

Two-Year Course Sequence

USG - Year 1 / Fall Semester

  • EXSC 344:  Exercise Physiology
  • EXSC 317:  Nutrition, Health, & Human Performance
  • EXSC 300:  Health-Fitness Programs & Professions

USG - Year 1 / Spring Semester

  • EXSC 462:  Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • EXSC 333: Kinesiology
  • HLTH 325:  Planning & Assessing Health Programs (required for Health Minor)

USG - Year 2 / Fall Semester

  • EXSC 472: Stress Testing & Exercise Prescription
  • HLTH 311: Human Sexuality Education (required for Health minor)
  • HLTH 450: Intro to U.S. Healthcare and Public Policy (required for Health minor)

USG - Year 2 / Spring Semester 

  • EXSC 479: Internship in Exercise Science
  • EXSC 480: Exercise Science Seminar

(May require additional electives depending on the number of credits earned to date.)