Jun 23, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fitness Management Concentration, Exercise Science, B.S.

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Exercise and Sports Science

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

Goals of the Program are:

  • 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, 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 general education requirement in the area of personal wellness

Student Learning Outcomes

The Exercise and Sports Science Department’s mission is to prepare graduates for professional careers and advanced graduate studies in fields such as: physical therapy, occupational therapy, strength & conditioning, cardiac rehabilitation, fitness management, and wellness. This is accomplished through a combination of interactive classroom and unique hands-on laboratory experiences and internships. We support all University students working towards an accessible liberal arts education by providing the foundations for personal wellness.


The Exercise and Sports Science Department will be nationally recognized for its excellence in teaching and learning in the areas of clinical exercise physiology, fitness management, and strength and conditioning. We will be known for our commitment to transforming lives through education, experiential learning, and dedication to public service.

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the Exercise and Sports Science program, students will:

  • Design exercise programs for health, fitness, and athletic performance: Students will display knowledge of program design by including all relevant components of fitness, correctly identifying any/all risk factors for their client, and appropriately modifying the training load and cycles.
  • Effectively perform health-related and performance-related exercise testing: Students will display knowledge of exercises tests by safely setting up and executing tests without errors, collecting appropriate physiological data at given time points, and performing calculations in order to interpret the data correctly.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal communication: Students will demonstrate effective professional presentation skills and communicate clearly and appropriately with clients and patients in mock and actual professional settings. 
  • Demonstrate effective written communication: Students will organize written work in such a way that it integrates discipline -specific terminology; identifies and evaluates scholarly sources; properly uses citations; and communicates, organizes, and synthesizes information from sources with clarity and depth.
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning: Students will represent information in mathematical form, explain information presented in mathematical form, and make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on the quantitative analysis of data.

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. or EXSS 3000  Applied Nutrition 3 cr. 
  • EXSS 2400  Health Promotion 3 cr.
  • EXSS 4040  Fitness Management 3 cr.
  • EXSS 4200  Professional and Career Development 3 cr.

Requirements for the Concentration in Fitness Management

Required General Education Courses

Business Administration Requirements for the Fitness Management Concentration

In addition to the required courses in Exercise and Sports Science, students in the Fitness Management Concentration are required to complete a series of courses in Business Administration:

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