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B.S. Physical Education Exercise Science Option

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School of Health and Human Performance

Exercise Science

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Program Description

Exercise science is a field of study committed to understanding the acute and chronic physiological responses to sport, exercise, and physical activity. Exercise science professionals work as an integral part of a wellness team in corporate, clinical, community, and commercial fitness and wellness centers 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 ( Careers include fitness instructor, strength and conditioning coach, clinical exercise specialists, exercise physiologist, wellness coordinator, and many others.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (2017), future job growth for exercise science related careers is projected to be 13% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Fitness-related careers are also growing faster than average at 10% between 2016 and 2026. This job growth represents increased need for fitness and wellness intervention to reduce disease risk factors associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.


Admission Requirements


65 hours of leadership experience (link to form)

Completion of EXSC 2800 Intro to Exercise Science with a B- or better

Physical examination with blood work (link to form)

Achieved acceptable levels of proficiency in ENG 1030 AND COMM 1402 with a C or Better

Achieved an acceptable level of proficiency In MATH 1030 with a C or Better


Graduation requirements

2.5 GPA in the option includes all required Major Course​s, Professional Education Courses, and Capstone course


Post-Baccalaureate Requirements:

Maintenance of 2.5 Kean GPA in academic major, professional education, and Capstone courses

Demonstrate Healthful Levels of Fitness (link to fitness assessment form)

Successful completion of EXSC 3612 with a C or better

Proof of NCCA-approved certification

Successful Completion of EXSC 3692  Must Pass


Fieldwork requirements: All students must be certified by an NCCA-approved organization in Personal Training or Strength & Conditioning prior to Senior fieldwork placement. The B.S. PE: Exercise Science program offers the National Council on Strength & Fitness NCSF Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength Coach courses as part of the undergraduate major coursework.


National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) approved certifications:

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American Council on Exercise (ACE) , National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT), National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF), National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT)



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