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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science


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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.

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.

More Benefits

  • 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.

Why Drexel?

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...

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Exercise Science Faculty

Michael Bruneau, Jr, PhD
Jodie Haak, PhD
Steven Vitti, PhD


Admissions Information for Entering Freshmen

To review admission prerequisites, visit the Admission Prerequisites page. 

To find admissions deadlines, apply online, check out financial aid information and find the current schedule for open houses, visit the Undergraduate Admissions site.

Admissions Information for Transferring Students

To review transfer instructions, visit the Transfer Instructions page.

Admissions Information for International Students

To review transfer instructions, visit the International Instructions page.

Tuition and Fee Rates
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central


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.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.


Featured Exercise Science Program Courses

Exercise is Medicine: A Campus Experience [ESCI 435]

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.

Technological Advancements and Integrations in Exercise Science [ESCI 320]

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 and Exercise [ESCI 410]

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.

Concepts & Practices in Inclusive Physical Activity [ESCI 315]

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
Business Elective
Free Elective
Co-op Experience
Co-op Experience
Sport, Industry, and Society
Concepts & Practices in Inclusive Physical Activity
Exercise Physiology I with Lab
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
ESCI Elective
Technological Advancements & Integrations in Exercise Science
Exercise Physiology II
Exercise for Clinical Populations
Free Elective
Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology
Exercise Testing and Prescription
Current Issues in Health Science
ESCI Elective
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
ESCI Elective


MSA: The Exercise Science Program is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


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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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Potential career/workforce employment opportunities for graduates:

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.

Potential graduate program opportunities for graduates:

  • 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 Statistics

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

Professional Certification

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:

Potential professional certification opportunities for graduates:

Professional Organizations

Students are encouraged to seek membership and actively engage with professional organizations whose mission and scope align with exercise science and sports medicine careers of interest to our students. Professional organizations in the field of exercise science and sports medicine provide students with valuable services and resources, such as newsletters and journals, discounted membership fees, reduced webinars and conference registration fees and bulletins providing members with career development and employment opportunities.

Professional organizations include:

Exercise Science Co-Ops

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At Drexel University, our cooperative (Co-Op) education experiences make us unique. Co-Op provides students with learning opportunities to integrate academic learning with practical real world experiences. Students enrolled in Co-Op apply theoretical knowledge gained in their coursework in professional settings, enabling them to not only develop technical expertise but a deeper understanding of the industry nuances, opportunities and needs. Our network of Co-Op partners provide students with opportunities to work in cutting-edge industries, collaborate with leading professionals and gain exposure to various specialties within the field of exercise science and sports medicine. An exercise science Co-Op at Drexel produces graduates that are not only academically qualified but industry ready for the practical and professional skillsets needed to succeed in careers as they exist today and how careers within the profession will evolve in the future.

Students at Drexel can pursue several experiential Co-Ops in venues that include but are not limited to commercial fitness centers and gyms, rehabilitation centers, sports performance facilities, clinical settings, corporate wellness programs, research institutions, community health organizations, professional sports teams and wellness consulting firms, among others. For a list of currently available Co-Op programs available for students in the Exercise Science major, visit the Steinbright Career Development Center for more information.


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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

Research equipment:

  • 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
  • Accelerometers