EXS-BS - Exercise Science
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Lehman College BS in Exercise Science program offers two tracks: Pre-physical Therapy, and Exercise and Movement Science. The program utilizes the Human Performance Laboratory with its state-of-the-art equipment and the additional resources of the APEX facility, including the fitness and weight training centers.
Exercise science, the study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement, encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: Exercise Physiology, Sports Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Motor Control/Development, and Biomechanics. The study of these disciplines is integrated into the academic preparation of exercise science professionals. Exercise science professionals work in health services and the fitness industry and are skilled in 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 for health promotion. They conduct these activities in health care,university, corporate, commercial and community settings where their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities.
Career opportunities for individuals graduating with an undergraduate degree in exercise science are numerous. Common career tracks range from the exercise practitioner in fitness and/or clinical settings to that of a test technologist in a clinical setting. Additionally, career opportunities in residential spas (defined as facilities that include a fitness and nutrition component) include fitness director, health and fitness instructors, and personal trainers.
Also, students often pursue graduate degrees in exercise science, leading to management level positions in fitness or wellness settings or as research assistants. In addition, other disciplines find it helpful to include coursework in the exercise sciences. A degree in exercise science is also a very appropriate background for those going into fields such as medicine, sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy or exercise physiology.
Aside from the workplace, the exercise science professional may seek employment opportunities in wellness settings including schools, medical sites, YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and community centers. Additional wellness opportunities can be found in nursing homes, recreation departments, aquatic centers, health management systems, and lifestyle management organizations.
Alternative wellness careers include massage therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, herbology, osteopathy, and yoga, to name a few.
Departmental Grading Policy
Exercise Science: Students must earn a C- or above in all courses for the major and the minor. If the grade is lower, the student must repeat the course.
Honors in Exercise Science
Departmental honors in Exercise Science may be awarded to a student who has maintained an index of 3.5 in a minimum of 45 credits in all courses required for the major.