Exercise Science at Merrimack (formally Sports Medicine) involves the study of the science of exercise and human movement and the role of physical activity and exercise in health and disease. Students will learn the anatomical, biomedical and physiological basis of human movement and how inactivity might contribute to chronic disease. Students will also be able to apply their knowledge to real world settings through experiential learning and internship experiences.
In the Exercise Science undergraduate degree program, students are exposed to state-of-the-art equipment used by our athletic staff to test our Division I and II level athletes. In addition, students are provided with clinical, hands-on experience utilizing innovative tools like the BodPod or our 3-D Gait Analysis. Our Human Performance Laboratory presents students with the opportunity to work with our renowned faculty on exercise science research.
Graduates from the Exercise Science program are prepared to work in a variety of settings, including health promotion, strength and conditioning, and personal training and fitness. Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam (National Strength and Conditioning Association) or the Certified Exercise Physiologist exam (American College of Sports Medicine).
Graduates of the Exercise Science program are also academically qualified for graduate study in a number of different programs including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant and Nursing, as well as continuing education in public health and biomedical sciences. Our graduates have been successful in a number of graduate programs in the New England region, including Simmons College, University of Vermont, UMass Lowell, University of Rhode Island and Franklin Pierce College.
Please see more information on Exercise Science Major Requirements and Downloadable Curriculum Sheets (Current Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors) or Downloadable Curriculum Sheets (Freshmen or Prospective Students).