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 the program for you. 

The Exercise Science program is a rigorous, scientifically-based program that combines the study of human movement with exercise and health. Exercise Science majors develop a strong understanding of the physiological, psychological and biomechanical effects of exercise on the human body. You will take a variety of human science courses such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, neuromuscular aspects of exercise, sports nutrition and exercise training, and performance. Students may also choose from a combination of general science courses and electives that complement post-graduate interests. This versatile major prepares you for careers in strength and conditioning, sports medicine, physical and occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, personal training and many other allied health professions.


As an Exercise Science major, you will learn from experienced faculty who are practitioners in their fields and actively engaged in scholarship and career advisement. Their mission is to help students achieve their goals through personalized instruction and one-on-one interactions. You will benefit from the expertise of each faculty member in core disciplines such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, medical terminology, sports nutrition and metabolism, neuromuscular aspects of exercise, and cardiovascular exercise physiology in addition to biology, chemistry and physics coursework.

The Exercise Science major is part of the Department of Kinesiology located in the Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. This cutting-edge, multi-purpose facility offers state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for education and research which creates an exceptional learning environment and the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and abilities for equipment use and interpretation of test results. The Kinesiology laboratories contain a variety of equipment used for health- and performance-related physical fitness assessments in areas such as anaerobic power, cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, body composition and bone health. Additionally, the Cage Center offers students the opportunity to excel in personal health and fitness through the use of a natatorium with an eight-lane, 25-yard pool; a complete fitness center featuring cardiovascular equipment and free weights; and a Sports Medicine Center. 

Student work, internship opportunities

Academic internships and practicums are important elements of the Exercise Science curriculum. You have the opportunity to work with specialized staff and gain understanding through real-world experience at locations such as hospitals, health and rehabilitation facilities and sports medicine clinics. Students are able to apply theoretical knowledge and technical skills cultivated in the classroom. Each internship/ practicum prepares you for a desired career path while providing professional networking and work practices.

Berry’s student Work Experience Program offers Exercise Science majors an array of unique opportunities. Students work alongside faculty members as research assistants on a variety of collaborative research from assessing and evaluating athletic performance to exploring degenerative diseases in animals. Research assistants present scholarly works at Berry’s Student Scholarship Symposium, regional and national conferences, and may publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. Berry’s Sports Medicine department offers opportunities for students to gain hands-on-skills and life experience in an athletic training environment. Berry offers an array of student work opportunities related to health care, nutrition, fitness, and medicine that affords exceptional opportunities for those interested in exercise science.


As an Exercise Science major, you have the opportunity to choose from three areas of concentration in a field of study that pertains to your post-graduate interests.

Concentration I: Allied Health/Pre-Professional is designed for students wishing to pursue post-graduate professional education such as athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine or other professional careers in the health care field. Professional post-graduate school entrance requirements may vary according to institution and field of interest.

Concentration II: Clinical/Research is designed for students interested in pursuing post-graduate study in exercise science and for students interested in working in a clinical (e.g., cardiac rehabilitation), community or corporate wellness setting. Research experience through directed studies, internships, or practicums prepares students for exercise science careers in academia, industry and/or medicine. This program of study also prepares students for successful completion of certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Concentration III: Strength and Conditioning is designed for students wishing to pursue careers with high school, college and professional sport teams, sport medicine clinics and general fitness facilities. Science-based courses and practical experience within this concentration prepare you for advanced study in graduate school and careers in applied and academic settings. This program of study also prepares students to earn certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.