What will I learn?

The exercise science concentration prepares students to serve as leaders of fitness, health and conditioning programs in corporate, commercial, university and clinical settings that provide exercise programming for apparently healthy individuals and those with chronic disease. Career paths include exercise physiologist, corporate fitness director, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist and wellness director. Additionally, the exercise science concentration prepares students for graduate study in exercise science or athletic training and offers an excellent option for those students who want to obtain the pre-requisites for post-graduate study in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine.

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will be prepared to serve as leaders of fitness, health and conditioning programs in all sectors.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of core content as evidenced on a basic exercise science competencies checklist.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply rehabilitative principles and skills in exercise preparation.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of health related behaviors in the treatment of hypo kinetic diseases.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to administer wellness programs, assess and prescribe appropriate exercise regimes, and recommend healthful dietary strategies.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$32,742.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 August 2019

Venue

College of Humanities and Sciences

Virginia Commonwealth University,

828 West Franklin Street,

RICHMOND,

Virginia,

23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

For international students

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country. English or foreign language: The required TOEFL score for undergraduate applicants is 70 iBT with the exception of the College of Engineering where the TOEFL score would remain at 80 on iBT, 550 PBT or IELTS of 6.0 (academic band score) and 6.5 for Engineering. The required PTE score is 53.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and No. 1 public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond