Exercise Science (A.S.)

This transfer-oriented two-year associate degree is designed for those interested in beginning their educational path toward a bachelor's degree in athletic training, exercise science/nutrition, kinesiology, sports medicine or occupational therapy.

Exercise science is the study of how the body responds to physical activity. Students will study the relationship between exercise and human performance, as well as the role of physical activity in the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The program is designed to provide an effective blend of classroom instruction and practical experience. It also will prepare students to take certification exams from a variety of nationally recognized fitness associations.

The degree program is offered through the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The department has strong relationships with other SUNY four-year colleges and universities who offer exercise science programs. Successful graduates in good academic standing may continue their education in the Exercise Science programs at SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport.
  • More than 50 percent of the coursework can be completed in an online format.
  • This is the only program of its kind in the Capital Region.
  • Students will have the opportunity to study in our exercise physiology lab, and the college's Science Center provides a state-of-the-art facility for the study of chemistry, biology and nutrition.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

This is primarily a transfer-oriented program, aimed at providing the first two years of a bachelor's degree in the fields mentioned above. Graduates of four-year programs in Exercise Science are prepared for entry- to mid-level jobs in the fitness industry, such as training, strength coaching, managerial, directorial and corporate wellness roles. A bachelor's degree in exercise science can also enable you to secure entry-level positions in the healthcare field as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehab or clinical exercise specialist, or provide you with pre-professional training for fields like occupational therapy and athletic training.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, careers for health and fitness professionals and personal trainers are expected to grow through the year 2024 at a rate of 8 percent.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Colleen Ferris
Department Chair
McDonough Sports Complex, Room 206
(518) 629-7372
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For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309