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:
“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
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, and other work to help you build your professional skills and identity.
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:
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.