Applied Exercise Science Major

With an international reputation as a leader in the field of exercise science, Springfield College was one of the first institutions in the United States to develop the Applied Exercise Science major in the late 1980s. The major emphasizes that physical activity is inextricably linked to good health, and focuses on a preventing health problems. The curriculum has a strong science base, including courses in exercise physiology, exercise prescription for normal and special populations, measurement, nutrition, and management. Students learn to prescribe exercise programs for a wide range of populations interested in physical fitness, and to develop, implement, and interpret fitness and health assessments and maintenance programs for individuals and groups.

Why Applied Exercise Science
at Springfield College?

One strength of the program is the “hands-on” experience that students gain through fieldwork on the campus and in exercise and fitness facilities around the country. Students are strongly encouraged to choose one of the following specializations.


The clinical concentration prepares students for a range of career opportunities in health care.
The fitness management and personal training concentration prepares students for careers as personal trainers in commercial, agency, and corporate fitness settings, or in their own personal training businesses. This program integrates coursework and field experiences in sport management, physical education, and business management.
The sports performance concentration prepares students for careers in improving the performance of athletes of all ages and ability levels, including youth, student athletes, professional athletes, and senior citizens. The program integrates courses in movement and sport studies, physical education, and coaching.

Suzanne Gill ’06

“I was able to walk away with not just a degree, but also experience in the field that helped me to succeed upon graduation.”

Suzanne Gill was an applied exercise science major at Springfield College. She went on to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professionals and now serves as a traveling physical therapist in Hawaii for Med Travelers.

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