Exercise Science is an exciting field in which there continue to be many challenging and unanswered questions. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Accredited Exercise Science curriculum is designed to effectively prepare graduates to become Applied Exercise Scientists with the ability to obtain professional certifications.

Students who enter the Exercise Science major begin their studies by taking the Exercise Science core classes.

As juniors and seniors, Exercise Science students choose a set of co-requisite courses to focus their studies in one of three concentrations:

  1. Exercise Physiology Concentration - This concentration prepares that student for advanced study
  2. Exercise Professional Concentration - This concentration prepares the student for work in the fitness professions
  3. Therapeutic Science Concentration - This concentration prepare students to be competitive candidates for professional study in DPT, OT, PA, and DC.

Opportunities to gain experience in a work environment exist through the internships offered as part of the major in Exercise Science while students are encouraged to participate in campus organizations emphasizing practical experience.

Certification opportunities are also available from nationally recognized organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association

The American College of Sports Medicine endorses the Exercise Professional program at ESU as matching the goals of the Health/Fitness Instructor level of certification.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association recognizes the Exercise Science program at ESU as matching the needs for professionals interested in Strength and Conditioning.


Exercise science faculty members hold doctoral degrees in exercise-related fields of study and hold advanced certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and/or the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Each year, all faculty attend both regional and national conferences to present research, network and collaborate with colleagues from other institutions, and attend meetings discussing current findings and recommendations in the field of exercise science.

Our faculty also publish original research in peer-reviewed journals, chair university wide committees, and are active leaders in the community.

Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures, Evaluation of Conduct Record, and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.

Contact Us

For additional information about the Exercise Science department, please contact the department secretary at rcoscia@esu.edu

Contact Information

Campus Address
Koehler Fieldhouse 1st Floor
(570) 422-3302
(570) 422-3616 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair Exercise Science
Shala Davis