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                       

USG - Year 1 / Spring Semester

EXSC 344:  Exercise Physiology EXSC 462:  Clinical Exercise Physiology
EXSC 317:  Nutrition, Health, & Human Performance EXSC 333: Kinesiology
EXSC 300:  Health-Fitness Programs & Professions HLTH 325:  Planning & Assessing Health Programs (required for Health Minor)
USG - Year 2 / Fall Semester USG - Year 2 / Spring Semester      
HLTH 311: Human Sexuality Education (required for Health minor) EXSC 479: Internship in Exercise Science
HLTH 311: Human Sexuality Education (required for Health minor) EXSC 480: Exercise Science Seminar    
HLTH 401: Community Health (required for Health minor)  
EXSC 472: Stress Testing & Exercise Prescription  

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