Exercise Science

Exercise Science

If you are interested in the science of human movement, sports medicine and helping people live healthier lives through physical activity, Berry College’s Exercise Science major may be just the program for you. 

The Exercise Science program

The Exercise Science major is a rigorous program that blends science with health and physical education. The purpose of the Exercise Science program is to prepare qualified professionals for careers in hospital wellness programs, corporate fitness programs, rehabilitation centers, exercise and fitness centers, athletic/sports programs and allied health programs. In addition to general education courses, you’ll take lab courses in biology, physics, chemistry and such courses as Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology. You will also choose from a variety of electives that mesh with your postgraduate interests. During your senior year, you will participate in an internship experience that will involve hundreds of hours of firsthand experience. You’ll have the opportunity to work side-by-side with experts in such fields as exercise, physical rehabilitation, performance and physical therapy. If you are interested in working with senior citizens, opportunities in adult senior-living centers will also be available.

The faculty

As an Exercise Science major, you will benefit from the expertise of faculty members in a number of disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics and kinesiology.

Outdoor facilities

Nowhere else in the world can you enjoy a 27,000-acre campus. We have miles of hiking, biking and riding trails as well as forests, streams, ponds and our own Lavender Mountain. Opportunities for adventure abound, particularly through our BOLD (Berry Outdoor Leadership Development) program. BOLD courses include rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, aquatics and challenge courses as well as adventure sports and experiential leadership development programming.

Science facilities

You’ll take your science classes in one of the most modern science-education facilities in the country – a structure designed to facilitate hands-on learning and close interaction between student and professor. In fact, many of our students work directly with their faculty mentors on original research projects.  

Exercise science lab right in the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center!

For Exercise Science majors, the crowning jewel of Berry facilities is the Cage Center. This 131,000-square-foot facility is home to a state-of-the-art exercise science laboratory that contains equipment for assessing anaerobic power, cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, body composition and bone health. The Cage Center also includes an exceptional intercollegiate performance arena that converts into three recreational courts; a natatorium with an eight-lane, 25 yard- pool and spectator seating; a complete fitness center featuring cardiovascular equipment and free weights; an athletic training center; a multi-activity court for recreational basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer and floor hockey; two racquetball courts; an indoor 1/8-mile fitness track; two multipurpose rooms for physical activity classes and extracurricular programs including aerobics, Pilates, spinning and yoga; and a number of student gathering areas.

Beyond the classroom

Berry is committed to providing practical, firsthand learning experiences for our students, and Exercise Science majors are no exception. You’ll find an array of student work opportunities across campus, including many in the sciences. The Cage Center offers a number of positions related to health, fitness and sports, providing exceptional opportunities  for those interested in exercise science and fitness facility management.  

Sports activities

Berry student-athletes have a long history of success on the playing field and in the classroom. Berry is a member of NCAA Division III. Berry fields competitive teams in 21 intercollegiate sports including football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, track and field, lacrosse, swimming and diving and golf as well as men’s baseball and women’s softball, volleyball and equestrian. If you want to play intramural sports, you’ll find an extremely active program at Berry. Activities include badminton, basketball, bowling, cross country, flag football, golf, mixed-doubles tennis, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball.