What is Exercise Science?

Exercise Science is the study of muscular activity and adaptations of the human body to this activity. Several sub-disciplines are involved in Exercise Science including Physiology, Biomechanics and Nutrition. In the Exercise Science Department undergraduate students experience these sub-disciplines within our excellent facilities here at East Stroudsburg University by following our CAAHEP accredited curriculum.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Exercise Science Department is offering a 3-Year Accelerated Track for the BS in Exercise Science.

What does the BS course entail?

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 two concentrations:

  1. Exercise Physiology Concentration - This concentration prepares that student for advanced study in clinical exercise physiology or research
  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 and PA.

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 (ACSM) 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.

Outcomes Data

First-time pass rates for the ACSM Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) exam

Year Number of students who took HFS Number of students who passed HFS National Average
2016-2017 1 1 (100%) 41%

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