Dr. Haile demonstrates weigh training exercise in Exercise Science class at Commonwealth University

Exercise Science

Unlocking the Science of Human Performance Exercise science examines the function of the body under the stress of acute and chronic physical activity. Exercise scientists promote health and wellness, prevent illness and disability, restore health and well-being, and help athletes reach their potential in sports training and performance.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.
Location
  • Bloomsburg
  • Lock Haven
Department
College
Program Contact
Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences / Professor of Exercise Science
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Our exercise science bachelor's degree program prepares you for a wide range of careers in the dynamic field of wellness and fitness. This challenging and demanding program leads you to a future in corporate wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, health care, sports medicine, and research environments.

Emphasis is on the interpreted aspects of wellness and fitness, gerontology, nutrition, stress management, alternative medicine and therapies and cardiac rehabilitation in a rapidly evolving professional field. Major national corporations and graduate programs actively recruit Commonwealth University students from this program.

Many large companies, concerned with the health and productivity of employees, seek exercise science professionals to develop and manage corporate wellness facilities; other graduates go on to establish their own businesses in the personal training and fitness field or into sports medicine. A number of leading universities, including us, offer graduate study in exercise science and adult fitness involving clinical and research internships to encompass the full spectrum of health, including cardiac rehabilitation, physiological assessment and training for optimal performance.

Upon completion of the program, you'll be eligible to take health and fitness certification examinations including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), as well as applying to graduate degree programs, such as the Athletic Training (M.S.) or Applied Exercise Physiology (M.S) Program.

Areas of Study

  • General
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

Unique Program Features

  • National certification exam pass rate: 100.0 percent 
  • The Exercise Science program is accredited from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP), the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES), and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program. 
  • CU - Bloomsburg had a 63% acceptance rate into PT School 

Courses and Curriculum

Our curriculum includes prerequisites for further education in many allied health fields such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Chiropractic Medicine, Medicine, Strength & Conditioning, Physician’s Assistant, Accelerated Nursing, and Cardiovascular Technology, as well as further graduate study in all Exercise Science based programs. Our program is an interdisciplinary program based on the medical sciences. Required courses outside the department include those from biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Note: Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Exercise science students have completed internships at a variety of hospitals, clinics, universities, and corporate and private fitness centers.

Hospitals and Clinics

  • Bloomsburg Hospital
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital
  • Central Pa Rehabilitation Services
  • Clearfield Hospital
  • Coordinated Health Systems
  • Crozier Chester Medical Center
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Evangelical Community Hospital
  • First Choice Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • John Hopkins Medical Center
  • Thomas Jefferson Hospital

Fitness Centers

  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Suncom Industries
  • National Strength Professional Association
  • Merck and Company Inc.
  • Lightning Fast Training System
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Philbin's Athletic Training Center
  • Test Health Club
  • New York Life Fitness Center
  • Upper Merion Fitness Center
  • oJoyner Sportsmedicine Institute
  • oBloom Health and Fitness
  • Bloomsburg Sportsplex
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Air Products and Fitness Center
  • Functional Athletic Strength and Speed Training

College and University

  • University of North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Florida State University
  • Drexel University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Scranton
  • Lehigh University
  • Lasalle University
  • Kutztown University
  • Lycoming College
  • Kings College
  1. To provide a quality program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.
  2. To provide curriculum consistent with the core courses recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association in preparation for national certification examinations.
  3. To provide a curriculum that integrates personal and practical skills to produce entry-level competence in any field of exercise science.
  4. To provide students opportunities for work-related
    experience within the health and fitness field.
  5. To provide quality academic instruction, satisfaction, and learning experiences to student graduates.
  6. To prepare students to procure entry-level employment in the health / fitness / wellness field, or continue formal education in schools offering advanced degrees in health-related graduate programs.
  7. To provide an academic curriculum that engages
    students with hands-on experiences and individual support to foster student retention.
  8. To provide faculty and staff who possess the
    knowledge, training, and skills necessary to provide an environment conducive for teaching and learning.
  9. To provide students with quality advising and counseling to promote timely and efficient progression through the program.
  10. To graduate confident, competent students who will be able to successfully compete in the marketplace.
  • Assistant Professor, The University of Scranton 
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, Elizabethtown College, PA 
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, Lehigh University 
  • Athletic Trainer, Towson University 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Geisinger Medical Center 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist, The Cleveland Clinic 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Williamsport Hospital 
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist, York Hospital, PA 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Lancaster General Hospital 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Philadelphia Medical Center 
  • Director of Research and Education, The Cincinnati Sports Medicine Center 
  • Exercise Physiologist, The Heart Institute, John Hopkins University 
  • Exercise Physiologist, U.S. Naval Commission, Pensacola, Florida 
  • Head Athletic Trainer, The University of Scranton 
  • Head Athletic Trainer, Warrior Run High School
  • Physical Therapist, Geisinger Medical Center 
  • Senior Exercise Specialist, The Air Products Corporation 
  • Sports Physiologist, The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. 
  • Teacher, Physical Education and Wellness, The Agnes Irwin School 
  • Kathleen Moneghan '10/'15M, Associate Medical Director of Remote Telemedicine at ConvenientMD 
  • Michael Morton – Senior Improvement Optimization Consultant, Geisinger
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Why Commonwealth?

Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs is the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions.

Awards and Recognitions

NSCA Recognition

ERP distinguishes schools with standardized, approved strength, and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA-CPT® and CSCS® certifications.

Licensure and Certification

This program provides the theoretical background and practical experience needed for students pursuing national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Scholarships

From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major.

Field Experiences

As an exercise science major you will be required to complete a professional field experience that serves as a culminating experience linking academic preparedness to an experience that matches your career goals and aspirations.

Professional Preparation

Exercise science also prepares students for entry into graduate programs that require an undergraduate degree heavily focused in the human and natural sciences for admission including:

  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomechanics
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Kinesiology
  • Motor Control and Learning
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sports Medicine

Facilities

Commonwealth University provides exceptional, state-of-the-art facilities for the exercise science program. There are athletic training facilities, an exercise physiology lab, rehabilitation center, and gross human anatomy (cadaver dissection) lab.

Clubs and Organizations

  • Exercise Science Club

The Commonwealth Difference

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CAAHEP Accreditation
The Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs is the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions.
NSCA Education Recognition Program Logo
NSCA Recognition
ERP distinguishes schools with standardized, approved strength, and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA-CPT® and CSCS® certifications.
College of Distinction
College of Distinction
Bloomsburg has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, honored for its quality and high-impact practices.

Careers

The versatility of exercise science enables you to direct your abilities and commitment to Cardiac Rehabilitation, Corporate Fitness and Wellness, Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Health and Fitness Promotion, and many other careers dedicated to Health and Wellness. However, you cannot work as a physical education teacher, nutritionist, or dietician after completing this program. nutritionist or dietician after completing this program. You can meet the pre-requisite classes to go onto further study in these areas, but you will not be qualified to work in these fields with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

Top Skills Employers are Looking For

  • strong interpersonal skills
  • intense desire to help others
  • versatility in individual skill and fitness abilities
  • strength in sciences
  • knowledge of anatomy and physiology

Exercise Science Labs

Donovin Medina

Bloomsburg’s program uses engaging, multifaceted courses to introduce real-world disciplines of the entire field to us. This gives me the opportunity to learn about various routes that I can take upon graduating and choose the path I’m most interested in. The use of lab time, field testing, and other engaging activities to bring in information across a variety of disciplines makes the course design my favorite aspect!

Donovin Medina ‘23
Exercise Science
Donovin Medina

Connect with our Faculty

CommonwealthU University Employee

Andrea Fradkin

  • Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences / Professor of Exercise Science
  • Bloomsburg
CommonwealthU University Employee

Wendy Hoyt

  • Clerical Assistant to the Exercise Science faculty
  • Bloomsburg
Joseph

Joseph Andreacci

  • Exercise Science Graduate Program Coordinator, Professor of Exercise Science
  • Bloomsburg
Dauber

Kelly Dauber

  • Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
  • Bloomsburg
CommonwealthU University Employee

Curt Dixon

  • Professor of Health Science
  • Lock Haven

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