School of Health Sciences

Exercise Science

As an Exercise Science major, you’ll explore the anatomical, biomedical and physiological basis of exercise and human movement.

Meet Your Major

Designed to deepen your understanding how physical activity affects health and disease, you’ll develop a toolkit for teaching others, changing behaviors, and improving lives.

In the Exercise Science program, you will:

  • Learn how to help individuals meet and exceed their health and rehabilitation goals
  • Use state-of- the-art equipment to analyze the performance of our Division I and II athletes
  • Work with renowned faculty on exercise science research in our Human Performance Laboratory
  • Gain hands-on, clinical experience with innovative technological tools like the BodPod and our 3-D Gait Analysis

Hands-On Learning

Put theory into real-world practice by taking part in any number of experiential opportunities, from faculty-directed research projects to internships and co-op placements at places like Northeast Rehabilitation Network, Abilities Rehab, and Harvard University Athletic Department. You can also get involved with local community organizations by teaching kids about physical fitness through Active Science, Merrimack’s proprietary, interactive mobile app.

Career Options

When you graduate from the Exercise Science program, you’ll be ready for whatever path you choose. Want to dive into your professional career? You can pursue positions in fields like health promotion, strength and conditioning, and personal training. Thinking about graduate or continued studies? You’ll be qualified to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association and American College of Sports Medicine exams—so you can go on to work in areas like physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, public health, or biomedical science.

What You’ll Take 

As an Exercise Science major, you’ll take a combination of mandatory and elective courses to satisfy the 126-credit and 32-course requirements. To remain in good academic standing, you must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Required Courses

All Exercise Science majors take:

Freshman Year
  • HSC 1122 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • HSC 1000 Careers in Health Sciences
  • MTH 1016 Pre-Calculus/MTH 1217 Calculus
  • FYW 1050 Introduction to College Writing
  • HSC 1123 Anatomy & Physiology
  • HSC 3302 Introduction to Public Health
  • MTH 1111 Statistics
  • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy
Sophomore Year
  • BIO 1025 Biological Sciences
  • CHM 1210 Chemistry for Health Professions
  • HSC 2300 Introduction to Nutritional Sciences
  • SME 2345 Strength & Conditioning
  • HSC 2350 Professional Development in Health Sciences
  • HSC 3310 Health Behavior Promotion
  • CHM 1220 Chemistry for Health Professions II
  • SME 2250 Research Design
  • Religious Studies
Junior Year
  • SME 3311 Exercise Physiology
  • PHY 2201 General Physics 1
  • Health Sciences Elective 1
  • Social Science 1
  • SME 3308 Biomechanics
  • PHY 2202 General Physics II
  • Social Science 2
  • Health Sciences Elective 2
Senior Year
  • HSC 4850 Health Sciences Internship 
  • SME 4348 Exercise Program Design
  • Historical Studies
  • Arts & Literature
  • HSC 3336W Pathophysiology
  • SME 3347 Exercise Prescription & Testing
  • Ethics
  • Open Elective 1 


HSC 3103

Global Public Health

HSC 3200

Cultural Competencies in Health Professions

HSC 3312

Introduction to Epidemiology

HSC 3320

Microbiology in Health Sciences

HSC 3400

Clinical Research Design

HSC 3510

Community Nutrition

HSC 3520

Food Service Management

HSC 3530

Medical Nutrition Therapy

HSC 4800/
HSC 4810

Directed Study/
Directed Research

HSC 4855     

Internship II

Degree Electives

PSY 2240

Sport Psychology


More Information

Kyle McInnis
Associate Dean and Professor