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Health and Exercise Science, B.S.

The B.S. program in Health and Exercise Science gives students experience with and understanding of the physiological, mechanical, and psychological aspects of physical activity and health-related behavior.

This program in the Department of Exercise Science examines all aspects of human performance including a background in natural sciences, human physiology, anatomy, metabolic and muscular systems, and research and testing protocols. There are three tracks available for this program:

  • The general health and exercise science track prepares students for careers in community or corporate fitness, clinical physiology, medicine, sports medicine, research, public health. and a wide range of clinical health-related professions.
  • The pre-physical therapy track allows students to complete some requirements for graduate study in physical therapy or related areas as a part of their undergraduate degree, with a modified version of the general track.
  • The 3+3 DPT program with SUNY Upstate Medical University allow students to complete both their undergraduate degree and a doctorate of physical therapy (DPT) in 6 years, instead of the usual 7. Students complete their undergraduate program in three years instead of four, and spend their senior year completing first year coursework at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Syracuse University is the only Health and Exercise Science program in the region that is a part of this partnership.

“I had four different placements; two in physical therapy clinics and two working with athletic trainers for sports teams. Working with the athletic training staff for the SU football team made me realize how much I would like to work around athletics.” – Tyler Daymon ‘17

Why Health and Exercise Science at Syracuse?

  • 92% of School of Education students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months.
  • Over half of our students choose to pursue a doctorate of physical therapy (DPT) program or another clinical health program, while other graduates are top candidates for roles in training and coaching, including certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Complete over 270 hours of internships and field placements, including shadowing, observation, research, or working with Syracuse University Athletics.
  • The campus is your classroom, including the extensive facilities of the Syracuse Recreation Services: four gymnasiums, two pools, dance studios, tennis courts, weight rooms, and various indoor and outdoor athletic fields.
  • Health and exercise science majors have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in one of over 60 countries and take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • With a Syracuse University bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for the 25% alumni tuition scholarship for a School of Education master’s program.

You will receive advising support, career services, and one-on-one mentoring from the School of Education and Exercise Science faculty, who hold leadership positions in professional organizations and receive prestigious awards for their research and writing. An intensive research focus at the undergraduate level includes opportunities in the Muscle Biology Laboratory, the Human Performance Laboratory, an Altitude Simulator, the Fit Families Program, and other work to help you build your professional skills and identity.

Program Details

As a student in Health and Exercise Science, you’ll study natural and life sciences, human movement, psychology, injury prevention and care, aging, disability, and a liberal arts core. Students in the pre-physical therapy track and 3+3 Program with SUNY Upstate will take additional courses in physics and child psychology. You will work with your advisor to choose many of your PPE and open elective courses based on your personal and professional interests. Sample courses in your program may include:

  • Analysis of Human Motion
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Nutrition in Health
  • Foundational Human Behavior
  • Motor Development Across the Lifespan
  • Prevention and Care Athletic Injury

Student often use their electives to complete a minor in Disability Studies, Sports Management, Nutrition, Psychology, or Management, to pursue a Coaching Minor toward New York State certification, or to take additional requirements for further educational interests.

Your first semester will include introductory exercise science, math, natural science, and writing courses. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

Note: To be considered for admission to the 3+3 DPT program with SUNY Upstate Medical University, students must apply to SUNY Upstate using their application by February 1st of the senior year in high school, along with their Syracuse University application.

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