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What You Learn

You receive instruction and clinical experience in nutrition, fitness and wellness, and learn strategies for motivating students to exercise, while also encouraging competition and collaboration.

  • Engage in 200 hours of hands-on learning in a fitness setting or school
  • Perform, evaluate and interpret exercise tests and develop the knowledge, strategies and skills needed to prescribe exercise programs
  • Explore approaches to nutrition and weight-management counseling
  • Use theory and practice to assess, design and implement supervised exercise programs for people with varied health-related needs


Walter Andzel, Ed.D., Professor

Victoria Baxter, Lecturer

Tara Bogota, Lecturer

Adam Eckart, Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Esposito, Lecturer

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 Curriculum Sheet & 4-Year Plan

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.

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

Minor in Exercise Science

Also available

Kean Harwood Arena

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

After Kean

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

Kean physical education graduates are top professionals in education, government, administration, hospitals and clinics, sharing strategies for healthier living.

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


Less debt than the national average for college grads

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Since 1955, Kean’s College of Education has earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Notably, only one-third of the schools that produce teachers in the United States and New Jersey earn this accreditation.

CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

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