The Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Exercise Science at Drexel University integrates a foundation of developmental health and wellness concepts with rigorous training in exercise science and sports medicine.
As an advocate for the promotion of health, well-being and physical performance, you will gain the knowledge, skills and abilities required to apply scientific concepts to physical activity and the design of safe and effective fitness practices for diverse populations.
Drexel University Exercise Science students will be well-positioned to sit for group exercise and health/fitness certifications with organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and other professional and accredited agencies/bodies.
You’ll be part of an Exercise Science program that prepares students with the education, practice, cooperative (Co-Op) work experience and research experience required to successfully begin a variety of career fields or continue your education in a specialized graduate program.
What is Exercise Science?
At its core, Exercise Science is an academic and professional discipline with a focus on the science of human body movement and helping others achieve the wellness and fitness they desire.
Exercise Science professionals use a scientific approach to study and apply physical, physiological and psychological concepts to how exercise and the human body interact. Understanding the interaction and functional adaptations between exercise, nutrition, fitness and multi-dimensional well-being allows Exercise Science professionals to help others achieve short- and long-term health and wellness benefits.
Exercise Science integrates subjects that include: biomechanics, sports nutrition, sport & exercise psychology, athletic training, fitness for special population groups, motor control/learning/development and exercise physiology and rehabilitation.
Drexel is a comprehensive global research university with a unique model of experiential learning that combines academic rigor with one of the nation’s premier cooperative education programs...
Exercise Science Faculty
Michael Bruneau, Jr, PhD
Jodie Haak, PhD
Stephen Samendinger, PhD
Steven Vitti, PhD
Admissions Information for Entering Freshmen
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Admissions Information for International Students
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Tuition and Fee Rates:
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The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
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Featured Exercise Science Program Courses
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to engage in interprofessional practice, education and research with an emphasis on the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine initiative. Students learn about Exercise is Medicine as a global health initiative in making physical activity assessment and promotion a vital sign in standard clinical care for people everywhere and of all abilities.
This course provides students with opportunities to examine current and developing technologies, and their integrations, in exercise science. Students learn about top health and fitness trends that leverage and integrate virtual, online and wearable technologies. Students also gain experience in the study of strategic engagement with digital modalities, addressing challenges people may face alone and/or in group settings and exploring innovations and emerging trends in digital wearable technologies and applications.
Aging populations continue to grow and are recognized as unique periods in lifespan. Exercise offers opportunities and benefits at each stage of aging for individuals to mitigate the deleterious effects of aging and experience “healthy aging.” Students learn about core theories and processes of human aging, including structural and functional changes, that can influence longevity, the onset of chronic diseases and quality of life. Students also apply the principles of exercise physiology (acute responses, long-term adaptations) and identify the positive effects of physical activity and exercise for human health and wellness.
Physical inactivity rates are alarmingly lower among populations with disabilities and underserved and marginalized populations. There are unique challenges for these populations that warrant attention from exercise scientists and public health professionals. This course is designed to develop student’s knowledge and skills related to the fitness and wellness needs of diverse populations of individuals, including consideration for developmental and other disabilities linked to physical, emotional or cognitive impairments. Students will develop fitness and wellness programming that considers the practical, ethical, legal and human aspects of inclusion.
|Cells and Biomolecules AND Cells and Biomolecules Lab
|General Chemistry I
|Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research OR English Composition I
|Foundations of Exercise Science
|The Drexel Experience
|Genetics and Evolution AND Genetics and Evolution Lab
|General Chemistry II
|Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing OR English Composition II
|Introduction to Civic Engagement
|Introduction to Analysis I
|Physiology and Ecology AND Anatomy and Ecology Lab
|General Chemistry III
|Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres OR English Composition III
|Introduction to Analysis II
|Health & Wellness Throughout the Lifespan
|Anatomy and Physiology I
|Nutrition, Foods, and Health AND Introduction to Nutrition & Food
|General Psychology I
|Career Management and Professional Development
|Introduction of Exercise Science
|Anatomy and Physiology II
|Introduction to Research Methods
|Anatomy and Physiology III
|Statistics for Health Sciences
|Public Health 101
|Introductory Physics I
|Health Assessment Through the Lifespan
|Introduction to Sociology
|Sport, Industry, and Society
|Concepts & Practices in Inclusive Physical Activity
|Exercise Physiology I with Lab
|Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
|Technological Advancements & Integrations in Exercise Science
|Exercise Physiology II
|Exercise for Clinical Populations
|Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology
|Exercise Testing and Prescription
|Current Issues in Health Science
|Aging and Exercise
|Pharmacology & Ergogenic Aids in Exercise Science
|Strength and Conditioning
|Wellness & Fitness Program Management
|Physical Growth and Motor Behavior
|Exercise is Medicine: A Campus Experience
|Aging and Exercise
MSA: The Exercise Science Program is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. www.middlestates.org
At Drexel University we believe that a well-formulated set of Program Level Outcomes [PLO] that support and are consistent with the institutional mission and goals are the building blocks of an effective assessment program.
Click here to view the College of Nursing and Health Professions Exercise Science Program Level Outcomes.
Numerous career opportunities exist in a variety of fields directly related to exercise, fitness, and sport. While some students are new to the exercise science field, others will enter our program with previous fitness industry experience. Our program will provide all students with comprehensive education and practice opportunities to enhance their career goals.
- Personal Training
- Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Community Health Professional
- Corporate Wellness Coordinator/Specialist
- Exercise Physiologist
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Clinical Exercise Specialist
- Employee Assistance Program Coordinator
- Human Performance Coach
- Clinical Research Assistant
- Health Journalist
- Health Media, Health Blogger, Health Reporter, etc.
- Group Exercise Instructor
- Fitness Director
- Research Assistant/Coordinator
- Health Fitness Specialist (Diabetes, Cancer, Cardiac, Neuro, Aged)
Graduate School Opportunities
Undergraduate Exercise Science students may be interested in graduate study in related areas. Students in our program will be advised and well-prepared for master’s and doctoral programs.
- Master's Applied Exercise Physiology
- Master's Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Master's Exercise Physiology
- Master's Adapted Physical Education
- Master's Adapted Physical Activity
- Master's Athletic Training
- Master's Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Master's Sport Management
- Master's Sport Coaching, Leadership and Administration
- Master’s Kinesiology
- Master’s Occupational Therapy
- Master’s Health Education
- Master’s Biomechanics
- Master's Sports Nutrition
- Master's Physician Assistant
- Master's Health and Rehabilitation Science
- Physical Therapy (Doctoral)
- Exercise Physiology (Doctoral)
- Sport and Exercise Psychology (Doctoral)
- Cognitive and Motor Neuroscience (Doctoral)
- Medical School
Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 13% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 39% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 21% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
–U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Students may wish to pursue a professional fitness certification during or after undergraduate study as additional preparation for a career. Professional certifications in Exercise Science disciplines are highly encouraged and may be necessary for some career goals (in addition to your degree). There are multiple certifications that may be applicable to your goals and faculty will advise students on which may be most useful. These certifications are issued by:
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
What makes Drexel’s Exercise Science program unique?
- The program is designed to be different than most other Exercise Science programs in that it is innovative and adapted to current trends in exercise science and sports medicine.
- Unlike many programs, the Drexel Exercise Science program focuses on the integral relationship between exercise and health, not just athletic performance.
- The program satisfies key requirements for students interested in pursuing graduate programs, such as the Master in Health and Rehabilitation Science program, those who intend to directly enter the workforce and for those who are interested becoming certified with professional organizations and licensing agencies.
- Practices are emphasized that are essential for creating a culture of diversity, equity, inclusiveness and interprofessional practice, education and research.
- Excellent faculty and advisors available to tailor the program to future career plans: graduate school or entering the workforce after graduation.
- Faculty that are involved in active research projects in the exercise discipline, with opportunities for students to get valuable experience.
- Students are encouraged to engage and participate in undergraduate research and to attend conference proceedings – previous students have traveled, participated and won the ACSM regional chapter’s College Bowl experience and have been supported with travel to national conferences in cities such as Orlando, FL.
- Faculty are engaged in national professional organizations.
- Students enrolled in the program will also be paired with a peer mentor as part of the Leadership Education, Advising and Development program to ensure student’s success. Students are paired with junior and senior level students and learn to build relationships with their peers who have a like-minded interest in the exercise sciences.
- Students enrolled in the program have opportunities to engage in several exercise-related community service initiatives.
- Students are able to establish relationships with campus athletics and university-based sports teams.
- The program collaborates with several collegiate and professional sports teams, so students have opportunity to work with these athletes periodically throughout their undergraduate experience.
The Exercise Science program classes and affiliated program research lab space will be housed in a brand-new Health Sciences building that will open Fall 2022. Students may also engage in learning and research opportunities in laboratories and physical activity space across campus.
In addition to new state of the art classroom space in the new Health Sciences building on University City campus, there are several well-equipped research and teaching laboratories:
- The Exercise Science Lab
- The Human Performance & Aging Lab
- The Applied Physiology Laboratory
- The Cadaver Anatomy Laboratory
- Food, Nutrition and Human Performance Core Lab
- Multiple Instrumented Motion Capture Labs
- Physical Therapy Gym
- Metabolic Research Lab
- Kinect-based Gaming Lab
- Lunar iDXA Scanner for Bone Health
- Vicon Motion Capture System: Gait Analysis & Rehabilitation
- Humac Norm Isokinetic Dynamometer
- Supersonic Image Aixplorer® Utrasound Imaging
- Immersive education and Virtual Reality (VR)
- Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)
- ADI physiology equipment
- Jamar Handgrip Dynamometers
- AMTI Accupower and Accusway forceplates
- Lange Calipers
- ErgoSelect cycle ergometers
- VMAX VO2 max system
- Oxycon VO2 max system
- ECG interpretation modules
- Polar HR monitors
- Sit and Reach boxes
- InBody assessment of BIA
- Omron handgrip
- Tanita lower body BIA