Exercise Science Department

Exercise Science

Are you interested in studying the way physical activity changes your body?

The Exercise Science program is designed for students who are passionate about health and fitness and want to pursue careers such as personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, exercise physiologists, health/fitness instructors, and more. Hands-on experiences occur both in and outside of class, including a yearlong internship that offers students practical experience for their future career and preparation for graduate and post-graduate study in fields like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health and wellness areas. Students gain expertise in acute and chronic changes to the body with exercise, requiring coursework in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, exercise science, nutrition, research methods, disease prevention, and exercise testing and prescription. 

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About The Exercise Science Department

The mission of the Marywood University Exercise Science program is to foster learning and growth through exceptional hands-on coursework, laboratory experiences, internships and faculty-led research. The integration of these experiences provides our students with the confidence and skills necessary to being rewarding careers in the allied-health fields or to pursue graduate studies.

Exercise Science Faculty

Our faculty members have expertise and undertake research in Biomechanics, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Sports Physiology, Environmental Physiology, Immunology, Kinesiology, and Sports and Injury Rehabilitation.

Howard, Lindsay
Gay, Jason
Giordano, Gabrielle Celeste
Macano, Nicholas J
Schlesser, Brittany Marie
Schofield, Nicole
Summers, Scott Robert

The Exercise Science program is housed in the Center for Athletics and Wellness, which features a fitness center, aquatics center, climbing wall, arena, running track, training rooms, and an Exercise Science Lab. The Exercise Science Lab provides students with a variety of research equipment.

Research Equipment

  • Treadmills
  • Cycle ergometers
  • Kayak/rowing ergometers
  • Upper-body ergometer
  • ECG
  • Lactate analyzer
  • Climate-controlled room

Service Projects

Marywood University Exercise Science students participate in a variety of community service initiatives each semester including; finish line medical coverage for the Steamtown Marathon, the Marywood University Earth Day initiative, Celebration of Literature in honor of Doctor Suess reading to local elementary school students, SOAR healthy lifestyle day, the Exercise Science High School Open House days, Thanksgiving basket donation to local families in need and volunteering at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

The ExSci/HPE club donated their time with Adopt-a-Boxer rescue mission.

The Ex Sci/HPE club also held a winter clothing drive and donated the clothes to a local organization that was in need so they could be utilized in the local community.

Careers in Exercise Science

Our Exercise Science major is designed for students interested in positions related to:

  • Personal Trainers
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Health fitness instructors with hospital-based and corporate fitness programs
  • Graduate studies in Exercise Physiology
  • Post-graduate studies in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, or Physician's Assistant programs.


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