University of Charleston
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Exercise Science

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    4 Years

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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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Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC and will gain direct entry into this program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.


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