Exercise science is the study of human movement as it relates to exercise and physical activity. This applied science field is focused on utilizing exercise to prevent disease, facilitate rehabilitation, promote health and enhance human performance.
Why is Exercise Science in demand?
- According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Exercise Physiologists is expected to grow faster than average (11 percent) between 2014 and 2024.
Trends that will result in more need for exercise science professionals include: child and adult obesity rates, increased interest in fitness, more companies and organizations offering fitness programs to their employees. (Source: degreedirectory.org)
Exercise science majors are exceptionally well-prepared for graduate school and professional studies as well as for careers in a variety of health profession fields.
Is it for me?
- Motivated and determined to succeed?
- Passionate to learn about the human body?
- Caring and compassionate towards others?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Exercise Science
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Where will Exercise Science take me?
About 85 percent of Scranton Exercise Science majors pursue advanced study after graduation, with nearly 80% being accepted to their first choice of programs. Many continue at Scranton in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Other graduate degree pursuits include:
- Physician’s assistant
- Clinical exercise physiology
- Exercise Science
You’ll find exercise science majors working in a variety of settings with such major employers as:
- U.S. Army
- Beth Israel Medical Center
- Staten Island Yankees
- St. Joseph’s Prep
Top Graduate Schools
Just some of the graduate schools which have admitted recent exercise science graduates:
- The University of Scranton
- Stony Brook University
- University of Maryland
- Pace University
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Seton Hall University
- Temple University
- Thomas Jefferson University
- Hofstra University
There were 62 exercise science graduates in the Class of 2016. Based on a senior exit survey, 83 percent of our exercise sciences alumni continued their education while 6% reported they were entering the workforce.
When I am not in Scranton, I am an intern for the company Barwis Methods in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, which specializes in professional sports training for elite athletes and neurological reengineering for individuals who have suffered from severe spinal injuries. The University of Scranton has prepared me both mentally and spiritually for a very successful future!
Brittany Benson, '16
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
Exercise Science majors receive exemplary career preparation along with a solid education in the liberal arts and sciences.They all participate in the college-wide professional development program called T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that students are learning skills and adopting the tried-and-true Ignatian values of excellence, reflection and care for the whole individual. The program results in professionals of high integrity who are ready to take on the challenges of graduate school or full-time employment.
The significant time that students have been involved in real-life laboratory sessions enables them to demonstrate practical experience and fluency with equipment and technology for exercise science.
Although not required, completion of the exercise science degree prepares students to take certification exams offered by several professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.