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What You Learn

Acquire the foundational knowledge and flexible skill set required for various careers in fitness.

  • Engage in 200+ hours of hands-on learning in a fitness or clinical setting
  • Perform, evaluate and interpret tests results to prescribe exercise programs
  • Explore approaches to nutrition and weight-management counseling
  • Learn innovative strategies in sports training
  • Assess, design and implement supervised fitness programs for people with varied health issues


Walter Andzel, Ed.D., Professor

Victoria Baxter, Lecturer II

Tara Bogota, Lecturer II

Adam Eckart, D.Sc., Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Esposito, Lecturer II

Pragya Sharma Ghimire, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Luis Martinez, Associate Professor

Program Options:

B.S. in Exercise Science

This program provides students with an understanding of the acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise, sport, and fitness modes. Students will apply this knowledge to design and implement physical fitness programs for the healthy and those with controlled disease.

Exercise Science Four-Year Plan

Exercise Science Curriculum Sheet

B.S. Exercise Science Pre AT/PT

This program is similar to the B.S. in Exercise Science, but also prepares students with common prerequisites necessary to apply to athletic training and physical therapy graduate programs.

Exercise Science Pre PT/AT Curriculum Sheet & 4 Year Plan

Minor in Exercise Science

Also available

"My professors made coming to class fun and enjoyable! I learned more than I could imagine while still maintaining my dance career. Everything I learned within this program has also shaped me into a better student and fitness professional."

Zina Scasso
Physical Therapy Aide • Dance Teacher
Zina Scasso ‘18 graduated with a physical education degree from Kean

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere, and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

World-Class Facilities

Kean offers one of the best-equipped athletic training centers in the nation with provisions rarely seen at the NCAA Division III level.

Athletic Training Facilities - Credit: Sara Ridgway
World-Class Facilities

Internships and Jobs

At Kean, we believe in helping all of our students find internships and jobs that support their career goals. Career services staff provide professional services and offer job fairs and networking events year-round.

Kean students gain real-world experience through internships. (Medical Technology)
Internships and Jobs


Kean's intramural sports programs offer students, faculty and staff fun and competitive ways to stay in shape and engage in on-campus sports activities.

Recreation and Intramurals Photo by Scott Lewis


Recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that jobs in fitness and recreation are among the fastest growing in the nation, and include the following careers:

  • Physical education teacher
  • Health club manager
  • Fitness instructor
  • Recreation center director
  • Health and wellness coordinator
  • Yoga and Pilates instructor
  • Community health educator
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Clinical exercise specialist 
  • Strength and conditioning coach

Exercise science graduates work on health and wellness teams in corporate, clinical, community and commercial environments researching health behaviors and risk factors, conducting assessments, designing remediation programs, and motivating individuals to make healthy choices to improve their well-being. 


Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Average class size at Kean

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