Exercise Science

Understand the biomechanical, neuromuscular, physiological, and psychological responses and adaptations to exercise.

Whether you plan to go directly to graduate school or work in an exercise-related field upon graduation, our exercise science degree will provide you with the strong science foundation necessary for future success. Our flexible, broad-based program combines major courses with a large number of electives. You will be able to customize your degree to your interests, by selecting one of four concentrations (clinical exercise and wellness, medical sciences, sport sciences, or strength and conditioning). You have the option to also focus on a minor. Aligned with Ithaca College's liberal arts tradition, you will also take classes in other disciplines: creative arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Our exercise science courses emphasize current research as well as its practical application. Practical application occurs in several on campus clinics and labs as well as opportunities for off campus fieldwork or internships. Our professors often collaborate with their students in meaningful research projects; in fact, students frequently present their findings at professional conferences sponsored by such organizations as the American College of Sports Medicine. 


Customize your degree to your interests by selecting one of the following four concentrations:

Our Graduates

You will graduate ready for direct job entry or more specialized schooling, depending upon your interests. Our graduates hold jobs in areas such as fitness management, fitness journalism, ergonomics, prosthetics, nutrition, pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales, coaching, or mind-body studies. Ithaca’s exercise science graduates can be found teaching at the University of North Carolina, or providing research assistance for the U.S. Olympic training center in Colorado, as well as working in private practice in osteopathic medicine! The exercise science degree also provides a strong springboard for further clinical study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, or physical therapy. Further study in biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, or neuromuscular control is also common.

Faculty Spotlight

Professor Tom Swensen explains why soreness when exercising might be a good thing.