Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science

  • Hands-on experience, including a yearlong internship
  • Preparation for a variety of health-related careers
  • Foundation for graduate study
  • Top-notch facilities, including a human physiology lab

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Our exercise science program is designed for students who are interested in health and fitness and wish to pursue a career in these fields. Exercise science is the study of the way physical activity changes your body.

Hands-On Experience

Students in our exercise science program benefit from hands-on experiences both in and outside of class, including a yearlong internship.

Prepare for Graduate Study

An exercise science degree provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in a variety of related fields:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy

More About This Degree

Kathy Uhranowsky, RN, CCRP
Human Physiology Lab Manager
Clinical Research Coordinator

Angela Hillman, PhD. ECP
Full-Time Faculty

William Gear, PhD, LAT, ATC
Full-Time Faculty
Director of the Athletic Training Program
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Students in our exercise science program have access to the equipment and facilities necessary to study athletes in even the most extreme environments:

  • Human physiology lab
  • Fitness center
  • Dance and aerobic studios
  • Biochemistry lab

Our exercise science program will prepare you to take certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

A degree in exercise science can lead to a variety of careers:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Clinical or Corporate Wellness
  • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Program


I opened a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager.

After graduating from Marywood in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Physical Activity, I immediately entered the professional fitness world as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Planet Fitness in the Philadelphia area.  Shortly thereafter, I was offered a chance to open a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager. 

Opening a new location from the ground up was a difficult and time consuming task.  However, my four years at Marywood gave me the tools and confidence I needed to tackle this challenge.  The education I received in the classroom provided me with the knowledge needed to train clients and effectively manage a fitness club.  Being a four-year member of Marywood’s Lacrosse team has also taught me great leadership and interpersonal skills which are applied daily, and will continue to help me as my career grows.

Wherever my career takes me, whether it is in fitness club ownership, or personal training, I know that everything I learned at Marywood will be with me every step of the way.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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An 18-credit minor in Health and Physical Education is available to interested students. Students must check prerequisites for courses. Courses included in the minor are:

HPE 111R Weight Lifting 1
HPE 132 Personal and Community Health 3
HPE 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education 3
HPE 242, 243 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory 1
HPE 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
HPE 324 Motor Learning 2
HPE 322 School Health 3
HPE 344 Adapted Physical Education 3