Student on an exercise science bike getting his blood pressure checked

The Field of Exercise Science

Exercise science is the study of how the human body responds and adapts to exercise. In practice, exercise scientists are responsible for designing and implementing exercise programs for a wide breadth of populations. We work to improve the performance of athletes by performing physiological assessments and using that information to design effective training programs.

Exercise scientists also work with members of the general population who are interested in improving their health and reducing their disease risk. Exercise scientists may also specialize in working with those with pre-existing disease such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary challenges, and cancer.

Our Program

Students who first join SUNY Brockport and are looking to pursue a career in Exercise Science need to declare as an Exercise Science intent. Once students have fulfilled the requirements they will then become an official exercise science major.

Areas of Employment

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Manager of a Fitness Facility
  • Corporate Fitness Program Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Cardiac/ Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Exercise Professional at a Medical Center
  • Exercise Professional in an Obesity Management Center
  • Sport Research Scientist

Graduate Study

The Exercise Science curriculum effectively prepares students for graduate study in a wide array of Allied Health fields. We have successfully placed students in the following areas of graduate study:

  • Exercise Physiology (both Masters and Doctoral degrees)
  • Athletic Training
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Biomechanics
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Chiropractic School
  • Medical School

Students are encouraged to enroll as Exercise Science majors for their undergraduate degree if they are looking to pursue the Master’s Degree in Athletic Training at SUNY Brockport.