Exercise & Sports Science – Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Majors

The field of exercise and sports science is highly demanding and fulfilling. It requires skilled professionals capable of providing fitness, health, and performance guidance to a broad range of individuals. At Upstate, our program integrates essential theoretical concepts with extensive hands-on training to prepare students who will be more marketable in this quickly growing field.

Internships nationwide working with professional athletes to physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation patients.

The work of exercise and sports science professionals is needed across a broad spectrum of individuals. The program at Upstate will offer you the knowledge, skills, and perspective to meet their needs and understand how to bring positive change to lives everywhere. You’ll have the opportunity to earn nationally-recognized certifications while engaging in coursework from Advanced Strength and Conditioning Sport Nutrition to Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription. And at every step you can rest assured you’ll be learning the most current and relevant materials for success in the 21st century.

For more information, visit the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health.

  • Goals Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Students will exhibit thorough and accurate knowledge in their chosen academic track. 1.1 Students will understand and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to acting as professionals in their chose field.
    2. Students will demonstrate crucial skills in their chosen field.

    2.1 Students will demonstrate field-related practical skills including carrying out comprehensive fitness assessments and the demonstration and instruction of a range of weightlifting exercises.

    3. Students will understand the importance of peer-reviewed scientific research to their activities as professionals.



     3.1 Students will demonstrate critical thinking and scientific writing skills via their understanding of peer reviewed research in the field.
    4. Graduating students that will understand and exhibit essential elements of professional behavior and involvement.

    4.1 Students will exhibit the ability to perform at an acceptable level in a pre-professional environment, such as an internship.

    4.2 Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of involvement in professional organizations and/or activities.

    4.3 Graduates of the program will be employed in an Exercise and Sport Science field.

  • With classes like Advanced Strength and Conditioning Sport Nutrition, and Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription, students get the latest information about techniques to improve the health and performance of a variety of clients or patients. The curriculum also includes space for prerequisites to a number of health-related careers such as physical therapy, physician assistant, and others, without adding extra hours to the degree.

  • Our students have completed internships at locations state and nationwide. From working with professional hockey players at Fast Fitness in Westport, Connecticut, young tennis players at Club Med Academy in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and clients at sport training centers, cardiac rehabilitation facilities, and physical therapy clinics across the Upstate, students get a chance to make a great impression and learn how the industry works firsthand.