Exercise Science B.S. (61.5-63 Credit Major)

Lehman College BS in Exercise Science program offers two tracks: Pre-physical Therapy, and Exercise and Movement Science. The program utilizes the Human Performance Laboratory with its state-of-the-art equipment and the additional resources of the APEX facility, including the fitness and weight training centers. 

Exercise science, the study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement, encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: Exercise Physiology, Sports Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Motor Control/Development, and Biomechanics. The study of these disciplines is integrated into the academic preparation of exercise science professionals. Exercise science professionals work in health services and the fitness industry, and are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion. They conduct these activities in health care, university, corporate, commercial and community settings where their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities.  

Career opportunities for individuals graduating with an undergraduate degree in exercise science are numerous. Common career tracks range from the exercise practitioner in fitness and/or clinical settings to that of a test technologist in a clinical setting. Additionally, career opportunities in residential spas (defined as facilities that include a fitness and nutrition component) include fitness director, health and fitness instructors, and personal trainers.

Also, students often pursue graduate degrees in exercise science, leading to management level positions in fitness or wellness settings or as research assistants. In addition, other disciplines find it helpful to include coursework in the exercise sciences. A degree in exercise science is also a very appropriate background for those going into fields such as medicine, sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy or exercise physiology.

Aside from the workplace, the exercise science professional may seek employment opportunities in wellness settings including schools, medical sites, YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and community centers. Additional wellness opportunities can be found in nursing homes, recreation departments, aquatic centers, health management systems, and lifestyle management organizations. 

Alternative wellness careers include massage therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, herbology, osteopathy, and yoga, to name a few.  

Honors in Exercise Science
Departmental honors in Exercise Science may be awarded to a student who has maintained an index of 3.5 in a minimum of 45 credits in all courses required for the major.

Option 1: Exercise and Movement Science

Major Requirements (61.5 credits). The major field requirements include the completion of 36 credits in Exercise Science core courses; 4 credits in MAT 132; 12.5 credits in science courses; 6 credits in Health Sciences; and 3 credits in a Major Elective course. A total of 120 credits are required for this degree.

a. Exercise Science Courses (36 credits):

Credits
EXS 264Introduction to Exercise Science

3

EXS 265Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity

3

EXS 315Kinesiology and Biomechanics

3

EXS 316Motor Learning

3

EXS 323Exercise Physiology

3

EXS 326Exercise Testing and Prescription

3

EXS 423Exercise Physiology II

3

EXS 424Principles and Practices of Fitness and Wellness Programming

3

EXS 425Theory and Methods of Strength and Conditioning

3

EXS 430Research Methods in Exercise Science

3

EXS 470Internship in Exercise Science I

3

EXS 471Internship in Exercise Science II

3

b. Mathematics course (4 credits):

Credits
MAT 132Introduction to Statistics

4

c. Science Courses (12.5 credits)

Credits
BIO 181Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 182Anatomy and Physiology II

4

CHE 114Essentials of General Chemistry Lecture

3

CHE 115Essentials of General Chemistry Laboratory

1.5

d. Health Sciences Courses (6 credits)

Credits
HSD 269Fundamentals of Biostatistics for Health Professionals

3

HSD 240Nutrition and Health

3

e. Major Electives (3 credits)

Select from EXS, REC, REH, DFN, HEA, HSA and/or HSD courses with approval of the adviser.

GENERAL ELECTIVES:

Sufficient credits to reach a total of 120 credits required for graduation.

Option 2: Pre-Physical Therapy

Major Requirements (63 credits). The major field requirements include the completion of 30 credits in Exercise Science core courses; 4 credits in MAT 132; 29 credits in science courses. A total of 120 credits are required for this degree.

a. Exercise Science Courses (30 credits):

Credits
EXS 264Introduction to Exercise Science

3

EXS 265Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity

3

EXS 315Kinesiology and Biomechanics

3

EXS 316Motor Learning

3

EXS 323Exercise Physiology

3

EXS 326Exercise Testing and Prescription

3

EXS 423Exercise Physiology II

3

EXS 425Theory and Methods of Strength and Conditioning

3

EXS 470Internship in Exercise Science I

3

EXS 471Internship in Exercise Science II

3

b. Mathematics course (4 credits):

Credits
MAT 132Introduction to Statistics

4

c. Science Courses (29 credits)

Credits
BIO 181Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 182Anatomy and Physiology II

4

CHE 166General Chemistry I

4

CHE 167General Chemistry Laboratory I

1.5

CHE 168General Chemistry II

4

CHE 169General Chemistry Laboratory II

1.5

PHY 166General Physics I

5

PHY 167General Physics II

5

GENERAL ELECTIVES:

Sufficient credits to reach a total of 120 credits required for graduation.

BIO 166 and BIO 167, MAT 172, PSY 166 and PSY 217 are recommended electives.