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 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. 

In this major, you’ll 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. 

Our program offers students three optional areas to specialize in to prepare them for a thriving career in exercise science.

In our clinical track, you'll engage in classes designed for a career in health care such as cardiovascular rehabilitation or exercise physiology or prepare you for a variety of graduate programs, including physical therapy.

Looking to work in commercial fitness, run your own business, or become a personal trainer? Consider specializing in our fitness management and personal training track.

Or, if you’re interested in maximizing athletic performance, take a look at our newly Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE) accredited strength and conditioning concentration. Our program will help you prepare for the industry standard, NSCA-CSCS certification, so you can address the needs of athletes of all ages at the youth, collegiate, professional, and private sector levels.

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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Exercise science major Clayton Lent gives a sneak peek into what his life as a Springfield College student is like, from his involvement in Team Iron Sports to where he likes to hang out on campus.

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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.