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What will I learn?

Why study Exercise Science BS - Health Promotion Concentration at UB?

Our students develop a strong foundation in anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise prescription, and exercise nutrition through rigorous coursework. The science-based curriculum prepares graduates to work with individuals across the lifespan to promote healthy lifestyle changes through basic interventions and referrals. Graduates are well prepared to pass a national certification exam, such as the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) or the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with faculty on ongoing research projects. The BS in Exercise Science prepares students for advanced study in graduate programs in exercise physiology, nutrition and other health-related professions. This concentration is suited for students who plan to seek positions in health promotion and disease prevention, such as health promotion specialists, wellness managers, and health educators. This concentration will also prepare students for graduate study in health promotion, public health, and wellness management.

Learning Outcomes

The Exercise Science program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the areas of fitness, health and wellness, prevention of injury and rehabilitation through exercise and physical activity. Students apply the scientific principles of exercise conditioning to design exercise programs to enhance the well-being of individuals.

Skills gained in this program include managing, organizing and meeting deadlines, analyzing, critical thinking, teaching, interpreting, communicating, persuading/influencing, coordinating, planning, problem solving, and coaching.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the basic principles and vocabulary of exercise science and nutrition
  • Work with individuals across the lifespan in achieving health/fitness goals, preventing injuries and disease, and enhancing sports performance
  • Design and prescribe exercise programs to restore health and maintain optimal well-being
  • Pass a national certification exam (ACSM, NSCA)
  • Demonstrate problem solving, professionalism, critical thinking and communication
  • Continue their education in exercise physiology, nutrition or other health professions programs or find entry-level employment in an exercise science-related discipline

Career Outlook

Career Choices

There is a robust job market for professionals with an exercise science background, particularly driven by increases in the aging population and the prevalence of obesity and lifestyle-related diseases. Professionals in the field are divided into those working with apparently healthy clients or athletes (non-clinical) and patients with chronic diseases or other medical concerns (clinical).
Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions that focus on health/fitness, rehabilitation, injury and disease prevention and sports performance.

Alumni of Exercise Science are employed in the following fields:

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (hospitals, clinics)
Chiropractic*
Corporate fitness and worksite wellness
Health and wellness coaching
Health promotion
Private/commercial fitness
Community fitness/wellness (i.e. YMCAs)
Medicine*
Personal fitness training
Physical therapy*
Sports performance
Strength and conditioning (collegiate and professional level)

*Graduates from the Exercise Science program are not eligible for employment in some of the above areas without further schooling

Work settings include:

Corporate and commercial health and fitness centers
Community fitness/wellness centers

Which department am I in?

School of Public Health and Health Professions

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,740.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

South Campus

Main Street and Kenmore Ave,

BUFFALO,

New York,

14214, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class. You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university. UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale.

For international students

Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class.

You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university.

UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale.

Our admissions counselors are experts in the many education systems around the world. They know how to compare your country’s grading scale to the one we use here at UB.

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 70, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 523, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.0, the minimum score of PTE is 50, the minimum score of ACT (English and Reading) is 18, the minimum score of SAT I Critical Reading (Old Version) is 450 and the minimum score of SAT I ERWS (New Version) is 500.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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