Exercise Science Major

Students measuring the biometrics of another student on a treadmill.
Students helping athletes prepare for the special Olympics.
Exercise Science Student measuring another student's blood pressure.
Students measuring the biometrics of another student laying on a table.
Event staff stretching with athletes before the special Olympics.
Exercise Science student teaching a child how to play tee ball.
Students participating in the Little Red Dragons Program in a classroom of children.
Student examining a skeleton in a classroom.

About the Major

The Exercise Science program is a supportive and collaborative environment designed to prepare students for pre-health, health, exercise and sport performance professions.


SUNY Oneonta’s Exercise Science program is designed for students interested in all aspects of human movement and will prepare you to work in a wide variety of health care and fitness related fields. The major focuses on numerous applications kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement), such as psychology, physiology, biomechanics, human development, motor learning, nutrition, fitness assessment and program design.

We help students achieve their goals by fostering personal and intellectual development, effective communication of ideas, and the promotion of diverse perspectives and experiences. Our program provides academic, practical and research experiences through exposure to the most current technology and associated exercise science practices.

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Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
200 Chase Physical Ed. Bldg.

Course Topics Include

  • Introduction to Exercise Science
  • Motor Learning and Development
  • Sport Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Theoretical Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Exercise Prescriptions for Special Populations
  • Health and Fitness Skills: Application and Assessment
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Nutrition in Everyday Life
  • Nutrition for Fitness and Sport
  • Cellular Perspectives in Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

View the full list of courses in the Exercise Science program.




Pre-Health and Fitness Related Professions

Students interested in pre-health professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, pre-physician’s assistant, cardiac rehabilitation, etc., may major in Exercise Science as well as completing the necessary requirements for their specific graduate school pre-health emphasis. Completing courses in both the major and the pre-health advisement track will prepare you to apply for graduate school. Pre-health students work closely with their academic advisor as well as the pre-health advisor, who is an expert in helping prepare students for graduate school admission.

Exercise Science also prepares students interested in the fitness, strength and conditioning, personal training, coaching and other professions. Careers in the fitness field could include fitness instructor, strength and conditioning coach, fitness center director and community fitness coordinator, among others. Students interested in pursuing these careers often minor in business, sport management or athletic coaching. Exercise Science graduates will also be eligible to sit for certification exams offered by national professional organizations including the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA):

  • Certified Personal Training
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists

Exercise Science Major: Sarah Faulisi

Exercise Science Major

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Using data and knowledge bases from various populations, Exercise Science majors develop skills and design personalized fitness programs for “clients” to help them reach their personal fitness or rehabilitation goals. The creation of these fitness programs is part of the capstone courses that students take during the final semesters of their degree. These capstone courses intertwine the knowledge learned throughout the program and begin to put it into practice.

Exercise Science majors are also required to complete an internship. The internship is designed to give students who are in their third or fourth year of the major the chance to gain real-world experience. Students have completed internships in a variety of settings, including:

  • Physical therapy or occupational therapy office
  • Fitness centers
  • Summer camps
  • Athletic training departments
  • Health education

Fitness Facilities

  • An indoor 6-lane swimming pool
  • Two fitness centers and a free weight space with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Two gymnasiums
  • Two dance studios
  • Racquetball courts
  • An indoor track
  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Baseball, softball and soccer fields
  • Two intramurals fields
  • A 100 x 70 lighted Astroturf facility surrounded by an eight-lane track
  • Miles of hiking and off-road biking trails at our College Camp facility adjacent to campus
Student Profiles
Graham Wooden
After transferring to SUNY Oneonta junior year, Graham Wooden changed his major from Biology to Exercise Science to prepare for a career in physical therapy.
Sarah Faulisi
With a passion for fitness and working with people, Sarah Faulisi transferred to SUNY Oneonta to study Exercise Science and Sport Management.

Students Design Exercise Workshops for Little Red Dragons Program

More than 40 SUNY Oneonta students provided sports and exercise workshops to local children during a new “Little Red Dragons” program held from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5 at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club (OBGC).


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