Exercise Science Major B.S.
What is exercise science?
Exercise science is the study of how exercise training and physical activity can acutely and chronically affect our overall health. A degree in exercise science will prepare you for a career in health and fitness promotion and education programs in hospitals, sports medicine centers, wellness clinics, universities and rehabilitation facilities. This degree will also prepare you for advanced degree programs in the health professions, biology fields, medicine and other health-related fields. This area is expected to grow as health-care facilities place continued emphasis on exercise and preventative care as part of treatment programs and long-term rehabilitation from chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
Why study exercise science at UNH?
As a student in the exercise science program at UNH you will graduate well-prepared for a future in health- and fitness-related fields. Our facilities include the 3,500-square-foot Robert Kertzer Exercise Physiology Laboratory, which boasts metabolic, cardiopulmonary, biochemistry, vascular and environmental facilities. Students gain valuable hands-on experience while working with the university Employee Fitness Program, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and through a full-time, 400-hour internship in an off-campus setting such as a hospital, health and fitness club or research laboratory. In addition, the University Advising Center’s Pre-Professional Health Program helps those intending to apply to health-related professional schools including medical school, physician assistant programs, chiropractic or homeopathic medicine, or physical therapy.
- Clinical exercise physiologist
- Exercise science researcher
- Fitness instructor/personal trainer
- Health coach
- Occupational therapist
- Physician assistant
- Physical therapist
- Respiratory therapist
- Strength and conditioning coach
New Hampshire Hall, 124 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2071