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Exercise Science

Discover a career that combines your enthusiasm for exercise with your passion for helping others.

Shenandoah’s undergraduate degree program in exercise science prepares you for a fulfilling career in health, fitness and/or competitive athletic performance programs. It also prepares you for professional certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. And if you’re thinking about a career in physical or occupational therapy and athletic training, Shenandoah’s undergraduate degree program in exercise science is a great option.

What Our Program Offers You

Skills you’ll acquire

Our program gives you a strong scientific and practical understanding of the acute and chronic effects of physical activity and exercise on the human body. You’ll learn to assess, design and implement individual and group exercise, physical fitness and/or sports performance programs for a wide range of populations.

You’ll also learn to evaluate health and performance status, conduct fitness and conditioning assessments, write exercise/training prescriptions and motivate individuals to establish healthy lifestyle behaviors or pursue peak performance. Our specific focus on the assessment process gives you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to confidently address the health needs of individuals across a variety of situations. 

What makes our program unique?

You’ll learn in small classes, working with experienced faculty who are dedicated to your development and success.Beyond the classroom, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on experience working with credentialed, practicing professionals in your area of interest.

Internships & Field Experience

The program offers internship and shadowing opportunities, and gives you the flexibility to decide where you want to conduct your field experiences. Many of our students have developed relationships with local physical therapy and athletic training facilities; however, you may even choose to conduct your internship at a practice in your hometown during breaks.