About the Exercise Science program

As a student in the Exercise Science program at the University of Dayton, you'll become an expert in health and wellness as you pursue your professional career.

Through rigorous coursework and hands-on experience with our faculty of professionals, you'll learn how to create positive, healthy programs for individuals and communities. Your experiences as a major in Exercise Science will prepare you to teach your future clients to manage stress, maintain a healthy diet, stay physically fit, cope with general health problems‚ and make a difference in their lives.

Our program is designed to provide trained personnel capable of conducting adult physical fitness testing, cardiac rehabilitation principles and procedures, and developing personal fitness training programs that involve exercise and physical activity. Professionals often work for corporate, educational, industrial, medical and recreational settings.

This concentration is interdisciplinary and includes courses from chemistry, communication, psychology, sport science and other related areas.

90-second lecture in Kinesiology

Watch the video below to see Health & Sport Science professor Kimberly Ritterhoff explore the question: What if our knees bent the other way?

National recognition

NSCA logoThe National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) officially recognizes the Department of Health & Sport Science's degree programs in Pre-Physical Therapy and Exercise Science in the areas of Strength and Conditioning and Personal Training for successfully meeting -- and continuing to meet -- educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.

For more information, contact Program Director Gerry Gallo.

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