Dec 08, 2023  
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration, Exercise Science, B.S.

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Exercise and Sports Science

Professor & Chairperson
Danielle Wigmore    
Associate Professor
Assistant Professors
Jeff Godin David Heikkinen Jessica Alsup
Timothy Hilliard
Monica Maldari
Karen Keenan
Jason Talanian
Lindsay Parisi


Objectives for the Exercise and Sports Science Program

The Exercise and Sports Science major is designed with three career concentrations: clinical exercise physiology, fitness management, and strength training & conditioning. The major is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. It is multidisciplinary in that it includes the integration of anatomy, physiology, physics, psychology, and learning theory to describe and explain responses and adaptations to exercise and training, and to apply that knowledge to enhance physical potential for health, for sport, and in rehabilitation. It is interdisciplinary in that it draws from biology and business administration to provide a foundation in these disciplines to support exercise science applications as well as to enhance career preparedness.

There is a common core of Exercise Science courses to ensure a solid foundation in the various disciplines that comprise this multidisciplinary field of study, and to ensure the ability to apply knowledge in a variety of  practical experiences. There is an opportunity also to develop breadth and depth in the field of Exercise and Sports Science as each concentration has specific requirements, as well as free electives.

  • To prepare relevant professional education supported by a rigorous scientific base to students who choose Exercise and Sports Science careers, whether in the clinical, fitness, or sport related setting
  • To provide leadership opportunities through apprenticeships, specified internships, and presentations and publications
  • To provide career alternatives to students in other majors by offering courses related to their chosen fields of endeavor
  • To support the university’s liberal arts requirement in the area of health and fitness
  • To provide opportunity for students to learn lifetime leisure skills

Requirements for the Major in Exercise and Sports Science

Prerequisites: All Exercise and Sports Science majors must complete a core of EXSS courses, including a 240-hour internship, as well as 4 or 5 liberal arts and science courses, depending on the concentration.

The following courses carry a prerequisite minimum grade of 2.0 in EXSS 1011  (Intro to Exercise Science) AND BIOL 1200   (Anatomy and Physiology I) in order to move forward in the major and register for the courses below:

  • EXSS 2050  Functional Anatomy 3 cr.
  • EXSS 2065  Introduction to Research in Exercise Science 3 cr.
  • EXSS 2071  Exercise Physiology I 4 cr.
  • EXSS 2300  Nutrition in Exercise and Sport 3 cr.
  • EXSS 2400  Health Promotion 3 cr.
  • EXSS 3000  Applied Nutrition 3 cr.
  • EXSS 4040  Fitness Management 3 cr.
  • EXSS 4200  Professional and Career Development 3 cr.


Additional requirements include:

Requirements for the Concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology

The Health and Fitness requirement in Liberal Arts and Sciences

As part of the Science, Math, and Technology cluster, students must complete three* credit hours in a course or courses that fulfill the health/fitness specification.

*Exercise and Sport Science students meet this requirement by taking all the required courses for the major. Should a student leave the major, he/she must fulfill this requirement.

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