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Get Your Career On Track

Exercise Science Major

Watch your rewarding career take shape at Salisbury University! In our Exercise Science Program, you’ll learn about human anatomy and physiology, fitness and kinesiology so you can help others achieve and maintain good health. The academic foundation of exercise science is in physiology, bioenergetics, and movement anatomy and mechanics, with applications to exercise responses and adaptations, strength and conditioning, sport performance, and disease and injury.

Why Choose an Exercise Science Major at Salisbury?

The Exercise Science Program at Salisbury University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. It is designed to prepare you for professional certification through the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Our program is recognized by the NSCA as having met the criteria for acceptance into their Education Recognition Program for Strength and Conditioning.

Our program offers internship experience and includes many hands-on opportunities in health and fitness initiatives and scientific research.

For those interested in this field, SU also offers an exercise science minor, which can complement many other SU majors.

Exercise Science Tracks/Concentrations

At SU, students may choose from three options to complete the exercise science major.

Exercise Science, B.S./Health and Human Performance, M.S. Accelerated Master’s

Salisbury University offers students the opportunity to earn a combined B.S. in exercise science and an M.S in health and human performance in just five years. Admitted SU undergraduate exercise science students can adopt the Five-Year Combined B.S. Exercise Science/M.S. Health and Human Performance Program as their major once conditional prerequisites are met. Once admitted to the combined B.S./M.S. program, students work concurrently to complete the degrees following the requirements. To learn more about the five-year combined program, check out the University catalog:

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Meet Colleen – Exercise Science Major

Meet Colleen – Exercise Science Major

Find out how Colleen enjoys applying what she learns about the human body in lecture to hands-on tests and procedures within labs.

Careers for Exercise Science Majors

What jobs can you get with an exercise science degree? At SU, our exercise science major keeps you on track to work in the health and fitness industry. Your career could take shape as one of the following:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractor
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Youth Sports Performance

Exercise Science Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our faculty are enthusiastic and ready to shape you into the instructor you dream of becoming.

Meet Your Exercise Science Faculty:
Scott Mazzetti

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Dr. Scott Mazzetti is the director of the Laboratory for Human Performance at SU, which has helped prepare undergraduate students for careers in the exercise sciences. Mazzetti’s research is in skeletal muscle metabolism and physiology, with an emphasis on enhancing energy expenditure responses for weight management. SU students participate in this research alongside him, and he has published findings with several of his students. His classroom instruction emphasizes real-life applications of physiology and scientific research to develop “thinkers” who can be successful practitioners in the health sciences.

Learn More About Our Exercise Science Program

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