University of Charleston
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Exercise Science

  • duration

    4 Years

  • format

    In-Seat

  • location

    Charleston

Program Overview

This program offers a unique approach to a career in healthcare. It’s an excellent choice for students interested in pursuing a career in fitness/wellness, strength and conditioning, and rehabilitation sciences. Coursework includes biology, exercise physiology, motor development, movement analysis, fitness and strength, and conditioning.

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Program Highlights

  • Provides a strong foundation of knowledge for careers including physical therapy, athletic training and occupational therapy.

  • Opportunities to collaborate with strength and conditioning coaches and human movement specialists from UC and the surrounding community.

  • You will begin performing clinical rotations during your sophomore year, which will lead to a 12-credit internship in your senior year.

Program Outcomes

  • Job Opportunities

    You will be ready for many job opportunities, such as:

    • Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Coach
    • Fitness/Personal Trainer
    • Corrective Exercise Specialist
    • Wellness Coordinator
    • Health and Fitness Educator
  • Promote Healthy Living

    You will develop an understanding and the ability to apply concepts from fitness management, biomechanics, and nutrition to promote a passion for healthy living.

  • Certification Ready

    You will be eligible for certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Jody Mashinter
Jody Mashinter, MS, ATC, CES

Exercise Science Program Director, Assistant Professor

Nikki Bell
Nicolette Bell, MA

Health Promotion Program Director, Assistant Professor

Additional Information

Admission Requirements

Students must gain general admission to the University of Charleston. A visit to campus to meet with Admissions personnel and program faculty is strongly encouraged.

How Much Will It Cost?

View our Tuition & Fees page for more detailed information on cost

Curriculum and Course Catalog