Exercise Science

Student with Dr. Berrios on Exercise bike equipment in STAC exercise science lab

With growing interest in personal wellness and the longevity of each generation growing, the demand for health and wellness professionals are expected to grow within the next decade. STAC’s Exercise Science program will prepare students to become certified health & fitness professionals, nutritionists, educators, coaches, and advanced studies in a health-related professional program such as athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or a research-oriented profession to meet the growing societal needs.

Skills and Opportunities in Exercise Science

The program offers two tracks: The Kinesiology track and the Allied Health track. The Kinesiology track prepares students with the knowledge and practical skill sets to become certified health and fitness professionals with an optional concentration in sports coaching. The Allied Health track prepares students to advance to health-related professional programs by completing the necessary prerequisites.

Our courses offer hands on experience in the newly constructed Exercise Science Lab and Kraus Fitness Center where students will learn to prescribe exercise programs and be exposed to different fitness tests using state of the art equipment to assess body composition, muscular strength & endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity testing, and flexibility. 

The final capstone course is a semester-long internship where students get real world experience at an off-campus site of their choice to integrate content knowledge learned in the classroom and practical experience by working with a variety of populations at the internship site.

Careers in Exercise Science

Graduates of the Kinesiology track will be prepared to seek employment as exercise physiologists, health & fitness professionals/coaches, nutritionists, and massage therapists.

Graduates of the Allied Health track will be prepared to pursue further graduate studies in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, or a research-oriented profession.