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Exercise Science Major


Exercise science is the study of how the human body responds and adapts to exercise. In practice, exercise scientists are responsible for designing and implementing exercise programs for a wide breadth of populations. They work to improve the performance of athletes by performing physiological assessments and using that information to design effective training programs. They also work with members of the general population who are interested in improving their health and reducing their disease risk. Exercise scientists may also specialize in working with those with pre-existing disease such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary challenges and cancer.

See the Exercise Science website for more information.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare an Exercise Science major.

Program Requirements

Students in the Exercise Science major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students are encourgaed to note prerequisites for PES 410 and PEP 458.

Required Courses (66 credits)

  • BIO 321
  • BIO 322
  • PES 325
  • PES 335
  • PES 460
  • PES 420
  • PES 410
  • PES 415
  • HLS 488
  • PES 413
  • PEP 305
  • PES 385
  • CHM 205
  • CHM 206
  • PEP 361
  • PES 416
  • PEP 458
  • PES 417
  • PEP 455

Elective Courses (3 courses required; 9-12 credits)

  • PES 401
  • PES 405
  • PES 439
  • PES 495
  • PES 499
  • BIO 285
  • BIO 467
  • BIO 468
  • CHM 305
  • CHM 306
  • MTH 201
  • PHS 205
  • PHS 210

Only one of the following courses may count as an elective:

  • PES 350
  • PES 430
  • PES 441
  • PES 445
  • PES 446
  • PES 451

Total Number of Credits: 75-78

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will be able to describe the core principles of exercise physiology and related exercise science for the general population.
  2. The student will be able to independently evaluate the five components of fitness of a client and then design an appropriate, safe, and effective training program to meet the client's needs.
  3. The student will identify the principles of clinical exercise physiology, as well as describe the pathophysiology of disease and their associated risk factors.
  4. The student will describe the principles of nutrition and physical activity behavior change in order to promote healthful living.
  5. The student will identify and explain the issues of safety, injury prevention, emergency procedures and program administration related to exercise program development and implementation.
  6. The student will apply the principles of exercise science in a practical learning environment.
  7. The student will describe the ethical demands/challenges of the exercise science related professions and the human/social context in which graduates will work.

Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

Department Chair: Cathy Houston-Wilson
Location: Tuttle North 213
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Phone: (585) 395-5332
Fax: (585) 395-2771

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Heidi K Byrne Ph.D
(The University Of Texas At Austin)
Associate Professor

Michele F Carron MA
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
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Lee J Cohen MS
(University Of Arizona)
Head Athletic Trainer

Douglas H Collier Ph.D
(Indiana University-Bloomington)
Associate Professor

Colleen Doyle EDD
(University Of Rochester)
Visiting Assistant Professor

John B Feeney BS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Head Gymnastics Coach/ Lecturer

Melissa Fromm MA
(University Of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

Stephen Gonzalez Ph.D
(University Of Utah)
Assistant Professor

Peter F Hager Ph.D
(The University Of Tennessee)
Associate Professor

Pamela S Haibach Ph.D
(Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus)
Associate Professor

Timothy J Henry Ph.D
(University Of Pittsburgh-Main Campus)
Associate Professor

Hugo Herrera BS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Teaching Assistant

Christine J Hopple MS
(Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State Universit)

Cathy Houston-Wilson Ph.D
(Oregon State University)
Professor and Interim Chair

Alisa James EDD
(University Of Massachusetts-Amherst)
Professor + Associate Chair

Jun Woo Kim Ph.D
(Florida State University)
Assistant Professor

Francis M Kozub Ph.D
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
Associate Professor

Elizabeth K Lenz Ph.D
(University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Assistant Professor

Lauren J Lieberman Ph.D
(Oregon State University)
Distinguished Service Professor

Craig O Mattern Ph.D
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
Associate Professor

Michael M Militello MS
(Indiana State University)
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Marsha L Moss AS
(Bryant And Stratton College-Rochester)
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Ronald Mower Ph.D
(University Of Maryland-College Park)
Assistant Professor

Donald F Murray MS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Associate Professor + Wrestling Coach

Melanie Perreault Ph.D
(University Of South Carolina-Columbia)
Assistant Professor

Susan C Petersen EDD
(Teachers College At Columbia University)
Associate Professor

Amaury Samalot-Rivera Ph.D
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
Assistant Professor

Eric Sandler MS
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Adjunct Lecturer

Robert Schneider EDD
(Temple University)

Pamela A Setek MS
(SUNY College At Cortland)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Amanda L Shearer MS
(East Stroudsburg University Of Pennsylvania)

Brooke Starkoff Ph.D
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
Assistant Professor

Danny Too Ph.D
(University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign)
Associate Professor

Cesar R Torres Ph.D
(Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus)

Sheri Treadwell Ph.D
(University Of Northern Colorado)
Assistant Professor

Susan M Wielgosz MS
(Indiana State University)
Clinical Instructor

Christopher Williams Ph.D
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