Exercise Science

Exercise Science Online Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

About the Exercise Science Program

Channel your interest in health, wellness and fitness into a top professional path.

The accredited online bachelor's degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania lets you study exercise science, wellness and fitness, plus build a strong foundation in business, marketing, management and more.

You will sharpen your skills in youth fitness, or study fitness for aging individuals, as well as special needs populations. You can complete this fully online bachelor's degree program in three years, without any on-campus residency requirements. And you will gain skills and certification to be job-ready.

Earn job-ready credentials

The B.S. in Exercise Science provides the skills you need to qualify for these certifications:

  • Certified Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), considered the industry gold standard in wellness and fitness.
  • Certified Speed Coach from the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE).

Studying exercise science, wellness and fitness online is a convenient fit for people with busy schedules, while still providing close interaction with your cohort peers and expert professors in your major, using the latest learning technology.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: EXERCISE SCIENCE

Full focus
The exercise science degree program is well-rounded, focusing on professional development, preventive healthcare and top-quality fitness education. This major also emphasizes leadership development and sharpening business skills.

Job-ready
Cal U's close professional partnerships with industry organizations (NASM and NASE) ensure that our bachelor's degree curriculum fully meets employer demand in the exercise science, fitness and wellness profession.

 

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Cal U's B.S. in Exercise Science is one of only 30 wellness and fitness programs nationwide to be recognized by NASM.
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  Online bachelor's degree can be completed in three years.

 

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Degree Benefits

Receive an excellent education in fitness and wellness in our online exercise science degree program: Out of 1,200 online programs surveyed by U.S. News & Report, Cal U is ranked #111 nationally in best online bachelor's degree programs.

  • Study anatomy, physiology, wellness.

  • Focus on sport marketing, finance, legal issues.

  • Learn about nutrition, health and the art of motivating people to embrace fitness.

  • Evaluate research in wellness and fitness.

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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U graduates go on to graduate education or are ready to start or advance their careers in exercise science, fitness and wellness in Pennsylvania and nationally:

  • Fitness centers and spas, including 24 Hour and Lifetime. Corporate fitness settings.
  • High-school coaching, collegiate athletics.
  • Professional sports teams, including New York Knicks, Boston Celtics.
  • Hospitals, personal training.
  • Graduate schools, including University of Alabama, Michigan State, California State University at San Diego, East Stroudsburg and Cal U.
 

 

B.S. Exercise Science
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 Set Apart

The exercise science program is set apart from competitor schools by Cal U's partnership with NASM and NASE, and by our dedicated faculty, many of whom have earned doctoral degrees in the field.

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Competitive Edge

NASM selected Cal U as its first academic partner in 2003. NASM certification is considered the premier standard in the wellness and fitness field, giving our students a competitive advantage for future jobs.

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Unique skills

NASE is an international organization dedicated to assisting health and wellness professionals improve their knowledge in the area of speed training - and earn well-respected certification credentials.

B.S. in Exercise Science Courses

100% online courses provide students with a well-rounded major in exercise science, wellness and fitness. Experienced faculty use the latest technology to create real-world activities so online students can apply new knowledge and skills in their personal and work settings.

Example Courses

 

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ethics in Sport Management
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Functional Kinesiology
  • Business Aspects of Fitness
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Current Topics and Strategies for Youth Fitness
  • Legal Aspects of Sport
  • Psychology of Sport
  • Fitness for Special Populations
  • Wellness and Fitness for the Aging
  • Contemporary Issues in Wellness and Fitness

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Admission Requirements

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B.S. Exercise Science

Bachelor's Degree Concentrations
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree


(3+1 option) for B.S., Sport Management, Wellness and Fitness and Exercise Science and Health Promotions Concentrations

With Cal U's 3+1 accelerated program, transfers into the wellness and fitness bachelor's degree program can transition directly into one of five concentrations in the Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotions program with the potential to graduate with both degrees in just 4 years, or less.  

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Exercise Science Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

batts@calu.edu

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Dr. Carol Biddington
Professor

biddington@calu.edu

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

biddington_w@calu.edu

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

Federico@calu.edu

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Professor

hatton@calu.edu

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Melissa Hatton
Adjunct Professor

hatton_m@calu.edu

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

hess_ra@calu.edu

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

mcglumphy@calu.edu

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Dr. Brian Oddi
Assistant Professor

oddi@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

meyer@calu.edu

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby
Professor

romaniruby@calu.edu

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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

West_E@calu.edu

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Dr. Tom West
Professor

west_t@calu.edu

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