Job prospects in Exercise Science are
The major focuses on working with people and their health,
with major focuses on health, physical performance, and improvement or
retention of both for people of all ages and abilities.
The SBU Advantage
- Wide variety of courses within the major
experience provides hands-on learning
- Internship opportunities in
several areas will prepare you for graduate school or employment
Practicum and internship experiences allow you to apply
information learned through the degree program.
Exercise Science is a Bachelor of Science degree requiring 79 hours of
course work in addition to general education and graduation requirements.
Examples of previous internships include
wellness coaching, cardiac rehab, exercise/rehab classes, and strength and
conditioning coaching at hospitals, fitness centers, YMCA facilities,
retirement communities, nursing homes, and within corporations.
Career options include personal training,
biomechanics, post-graduate schooling/certification in physical therapy,
athletic training, exercise physiology, cardiac rehab spa director, and
strength and conditioning. Graduates also have gone on for further training
for careers, such as physician assistant, occupational therapy,
nutritionist, chiropractor, and physical therapy assistant.
- BIO 2204 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
- An introduction to the study of form and function of the human
body. This course is the first in a two-semester sequence.
Particular attention will be given to the study of cells, tissues,
and metabolism, as well as the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and
digestive systems. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
- BIO 3304 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
- This course is a continuation of Biology 2204. Areas of study
will include: the nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, and
the urogenital systems. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
- ESC 1013 Introduction to Exercise Science
- A course designed to help students develop perspectives in the
field of exercise science. Students will examine the different areas
of study within the field, kinds of programs, qualifications needed
to enter the field, career opportunities, and issues facing exercise
- ESC 4043 Exercise Science Practicum
- Credit given for hands-on experience gained through exercise
prescription and training of selected volunteer clients.
- ESC 4053 Biomechanical Analysis
- A course to acquaint students with various evaluation methods in
exercise science and exercise physiology. Practice is given to
administering tests and interpreting results with appropriate
- ESC 4001 Exercise Science Capstone
- Exploration of exercise science knowledge and issues facing
professionals in the field. Students will prepare to take the ACSM
Health Fitness Instructors Exam or the NSCA Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist Exam.
- ESC 4986 Exercise Science Internship
- A fulltime residency for on-the-job training under the
supervision of an exercise science professional. Includes
observation, supervision, planning, instruction, direct leadership
and evaluation. Minimum requirement-240 hours.
- KIN 1043 Personal & Community Health
- Study of major health problems and factors determining health.
Special considerations given to principles and practices of good
health for individual and community concerns.
- KIN 1163 Foundations of Fitness for Professionals
- Study and participation in programs recommended for the
development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the
level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing
well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of
fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress
management, and program implementation. Special consideration will
be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise
Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their
- KIN 2022 Perceptual Motor Development
- Methods of teaching children through movement experiences. An
emphasis will be placed on perceptual motor development as it
relates to movement.
- KIN 2072 Senior Adult Recreation
- An investigation of the needs and potentials of senior adults
with emphasis on recreation programming opportunities. Problems of
aging are also considered.
- KIN 2243 Nutrition
- Nutritional requirements of mankind with emphasis on the roles
of nutrients in the body throughout the life cycle.
- KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise
- Study of the effects of exercise on the organs and systems of
the body; special emphasis on the cardio-respiratory system.
- KIN 3093 Sports Safety Training
- The purpose of this course is to provide students with the
knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment
for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an
emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of
injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
- KIN 4003 Kinesiology
- Study of skeletal and muscle systems as they relate to physical
education and athletic movements. Practice is given in
identification of proper form and procedures for correcting errors
in sports movements.
- KIN 4013 Sport and Physical Activity in American Society
- A study of the place of sports and physical activity in American
society. Principles, historical events and current status of sports
and physical activity will be studied.
- KIN 4043 Adapted Physical Education
- Surveys areas of exceptionalities that occur within a physical
education class as well as in a classroom setting. It is designed to
help the prospective physical education teacher identify and
understand the unique problems of the disabled individual giving
specific consideration to mental retardation, pervasive development
disorders, learning disabilities mental health disorders, physical
disabilities, communication and visual disorders, health
impairments, aging, juvenile and adult corrections.
- KIN 4762 Problem Solving in Recreation & Sports Management
- A seminar on problem solving in the recreation profession. Aimed
at facilitating transition between the academic and professional
- KIN 4773 Principles of Strength & Conditioning
- This is an in depth course which covers specific resistance
training and conditioning as it pertains to athletes and adults. It
is a cumulative course that allows students to apply human
physiology and biomechanics as they relate to human performance.
This course is to prepare the student for the Personal Strength and
Conditioning certification test.
- PHY 115 General Physics I
- A non-calculus physics course emphasizing the fundamental
concepts of mechanics, heat and wave motion. Designed for
pre-physical therapy, science education, biology, pre-medical,
pre-veterinary, pre-optometry and pre-pharmacy majors. Four
lectures, one laboratory period each week.
- PSY 3063 Human Growth & Development
- A "Life-Span" study of human growth and developmental processes
including physiological, psychological and sociological influences
- PSY/SOC 3243 Elementary Statistics
- Measurement, averages, variability percentile rank, normal
curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the
- PSY 3393 Introduction to Sports Psychology
- An introduction to the field of sports psychology and
performance enhancement. This course will cover sport and exercise
psychology as well as techniques used in the field. This course will
prepare the student for any graduate program that is in the area of
- PSY/SOC 4373 Being Human and Addicted
- A study of the effects of drugs on the human being, issues of
physiology, psychology, sociology and religion will be addressed as
they relate to chemical dependency. An overview of treatment methods
and therapy will be included.
- SOC 4083 Gerontology
- This course is designed to acquaint the student with the
theories of aging, the way the aging individual relates to the
social systems, adjustment patterns of the aging and societal issues
confronting older Americans.
Choose one of the following:
- NUR/HSC 1013 Medical Terminology
- This online course focuses on the basic principles of medical
terminology and application to the day-to-day work of allied health
- PTH 2523 Introduction to Physical Therapy
- Introduces students to the multifaceted role of the physical
therapy profession. Topics include the diversity and growth of
healthcare and physical therapy, methodologies used in physical
therapy education, and the concept of the health care team.
Introduction to medical terminology will also be made, teaching the
student to form medical terms, and define medical terms used in
medical documents to be able to read and write these documents.