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Exercise Science

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Welcome to the Only CAAHEP Accredited Exercise Science Program in the State!

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Exercise Science is the study of human movement performed to maintain or improve physical fitness. Exercise Science graduates are well trained to assess, design and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for individuals who are healthy and those with controlled disease. They are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain competence as a leader of health and fitness programs in the university, corporate, commercial or community settings in which their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities. Exercise Science students will be prepared to become a certified American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) during their senior year in the program. Students will also be prepared to become a certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Exercise Science students have the opportunity to gain hands on experience by completing an on campus internship and an off-campus field experience. Students have worked selected sites both domestically and internationally in the fields of strength and conditioning, cardiac rehabilitation, worksite wellness, fitness management, community physical activity promotion and biomechanics.

Program Details

Areas of Employment

Exercise Science graduates from SDSU go on to thrive in graduate programs related to allied health such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology and chiropractic. Graduates also excel in sports performance, fitness and wellness related occupations like personal training, fitness management, worksite wellness, strength and conditioning coaching and cardiac rehabilitation.

  • Hospitals – cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise specialists, clinical exercise specialists, exercise stress testing technologist, research technologists, disease management, diabetes education and wellness/health coaching
  • Corporate – corporate fitness management, personal training, strength and conditioning, pharmaceutical sales, health and fitness technology development and medical device sales
  • Community – worksite wellness, wellness programming, health education, fitness club management, personal training, health programming, state and local health department specialist
  • University – strength and conditioning, research technologist, wellness programming and health education.
  • Military – research technologist, exercise physiologist, exercise testing technologists and wellness center manager

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