Exercise Science | Springfield College

Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science
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Curriculum and Delivery
  • Courses offered on campus in Springfield, Mass.
  • Choose one concentration: Strength and Conditioning, or two tracks: Fitness Management and Personal Training or Clinical
  • Fully equipped Human Performance Lab
  • Complete three separate fieldwork/internship experiences
  • Fieldwork/internship opportunities (national and international) include traditional fitness settings, spa and wellness settings, professional sports, university, and college athletics, clinics and hospitals
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Springfield College exercise science student Kathleen Katie Beliveau works out with a classmate on October 31, 2023

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. So, we know our stuff.

The major is a rigorous and demanding science-based professional preparation program designed to prepare graduates to work in exercise, fitness and wellness professions. Graduates are employed in corporate, commercial, and agency fitness settings as well as personal training and strength and conditioning. 

In addition to the major requirements, students can choose one concentration, Strength and Conditioning, or two tracks that are consistent with their professional goals:  

  • Strength and Conditioning Concentration: Provides students seeking positions in the field of strength and conditioning the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective program design and implementation to enhance athletic development.  Completion of the concentration will allow students to be eligible for and academically prepared to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Associated (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. 
  • Fitness Management and Personal Training Track: This track builds on the strong science based undergraduate applied science exercise program.  The track is an interdisciplinary program including courses from the Management, Sport Management and Physical Education programs.
  • Clinical Track: Prepares students for a range of career opportunities in health care. Students who choose to pursue this track will engage in hands-on learning, which is a hallmark of our majors, while pursuing the prerequisite sciences needed for advanced studies in the medical field.

The program is designed to assist students in their preparation for nationally recognized certifications, including those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the YMCA. 

What can Springfield Offer You?

Applied Exercise science majors Katie Beliveau, Alex Work, McKenzie Lyons, and Dante Lingley gives a sneak peek into what their life as a Springfield College students is like, how it is to work beside world class faculty and labs.

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Human Performance Lab

Our Human Performance Lab provides a research space for students and faculty members to be innovative, to discover, and to make a difference. Experiential learning comes to life in this environment, and you can be part of it.

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Incoming first year Springfield College students participate in June Orientation on Alden Street
Core Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed in faithfulness to the Springfield College mission and to further strengthen the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body.

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Career Center

The Career Center’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower students and alumni to effectively make well-informed career decisions. The staff is committed to student learning and development, and offers a variety of opportunities and programming for students and alumni.

The Academic Success Center offers readily and easily accessible services including support in writing, mathematics, science, subject area tutoring, learning strategies and time management counseling, and assistance for students with documented disabilities.
Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center offers readily and easily accessible services including support in writing, mathematics, science, subject area tutoring, learning strategies and time management counseling, and assistance for students with documented disabilities.

Applied Exercise Science Accreditation

The Springfield College exercise science major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the strength and conditioning concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE).



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American Kinesiology Association Membership

The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is a member of the American Kinesiology Association.

An advocate for kinesiology at the national and international levels, the American Kinesiology Association supports educational opportunities in the fields of exercise science and sport studies, health education and physical education, and sport management and recreation management.