Coursework, combined with field experience and participation in nationally recognized faculty research of exercise physiology and applied physiology, provides students with a strong foundation to succeed in a variety of settings.
The health and exercise science curriculum prepares you for a number of professional certifications, such as those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Graduates remain among the top candidates for careers in sports medicine, exercise physiology, sports psychology, medicine, athletic administration, and physical therapy.
You may also apply for the 3 + 3 Doctor of Physical Therapy Program with SUNY Upstate Medical University– an innovative program leading directly to a doctorate in physical therapy.
Core coursework emphasizes anatomy and physiology, human behavior, and personal health. Sample courses include:
- Sport Psychology
- Nutrition in Health
- Analysis of Human Motion
- Physiology of Exercise
- Scientific Principles of Conditioning
- Prevention & Care Athletic Injury
The health and exercise science major is supported by many real-world learning opportunities.
- Intern on-campus or off in a physical therapy or athletic training office.
- Build skills through practicum experience in a community organization such as Head Start or SUNY Upstate Medical University.
- Job shadow chiropractors, athletic trainers, conditioning coaches, athletic administrators, and sport psychologists.
- Become a member of the Wellness, Health, Exercise and Education in Life club on-campus.
Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., the SU Abroad program has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years. Health and exercise science students often study abroad in Florence and London.
To make study abroad more affordable, apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education students.
Life After Syracuse University
A degree in health and exercise science prepares you for a career as a/an:
- Physical therapist
- Conditioning coach
- Exercise physiologist
- Corporate fitness facility director
- Personal trainer
- Athletic director
Or pursue graduate-level education in the areas of education or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.