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9EXS - Exercise Science

Health and Human Performance Undergraduate Bachelor of Science

Program Delivery

Residential Program

Program Level


Degree Designation

Bachelor of Science

Program Type



College of Science & Mathematics

Program Description

The goal of the Exercise Science program is to prepare competent entry-level Exercise Science professionals in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

There are no specific admission criteria for the BS in Exercise Science.

Students wishing to pursue the Master of Athletic Training degree may do so either as part of the accelerated BS-to-MAT program in 3+2 years (or two years as an external candidate). The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has granted approval for Norwich University to offer the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree.  To be considered for admission into the MAT program, the following criteria are required:

Accelerated 3+2 program: Completion of all undergraduate coursework (course numbers 100-499) by the start of graduate coursework with the exception of HE 439 to be taken spring of the senior year; cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75. In addition, Norwich University Health Sciences students must complete prerequisite courses as described in the course catalog.

Additional Program Information

The CAAHEP accredited Exercise Science major offers foundational courses with an option to select one of three concentrations.

Strength and Conditioning/Fitness Professional

The Strength and Conditioning/Fitness Professional pathway prepares you for a career coaching sports and tactical athletes as well as developing a career in the fitness industry. Students take core strength and conditioning and personal training courses that will result in the opportunity to take the following certifications: Certified Personal Trainer, Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitator, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Exercise Physiologist. Seniors will complete an capstone internship experience in a human performance, clinical, or research setting (depending on student career interests).

Pre-Physical Therapy

The Pre-PT Pathway prepares you for entry into doctoral programs in physical therapy and other similar fields (e.g. Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy). Students take a core of health-related courses, with ample flexibility to select courses needed for admission into your chosen field of post-baccalaureate study. Seniors will complete a capstone internship experience in a clinical or research setting.

Accelerated Master’s in Athletic Training

The Accelerated Master’s in Athletic Training pathway prepares you for a career in athletic training through our innovative 3+2 program. Students complete both a bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a master’s in Athletic Training in five years. The fourth year serves as both the senior year and the first year of the master’s degree in Athletic Training.

Potential Careers

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Physical Therapy

  • Chiropractic

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist; Exercise Technologist in cardiology suites

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for College, University and professional sports programs

  • Exercise Physiologist

  • Laboratory Researcher in exercise science

  • Sports Nutritionist

  • Corporate Fitness Program Director

  • Personal Trainer/Exercise leader

  • Health and Wellness Program Instructor and Director


Foundational knowledge and skills: Summarize the scientific principles of exercise science and demonstrate how they apply to human health and performance.


Scientific communication: Communicate foundational knowledge and research to a variety of communities using written and oral modalities.


Ethical decision-making: Assess relevant and important ethical issues in exercise science research and practice.


Leadership: Organize, reflect, and lead within an inter-professional team on a variety of exercise science initiatives.


Collaboration: Collaborate with internal and/or external stakeholders to integrate foundational knowledge, scientific literacy, and ethical decision-making in a hands-on learning environment.