Degree: Bachelor of Science
Units required for Major: 60
Minimum total units for the BS: 120
Note: Sacramento State foreign language requirement is waived for Exercise Science majors.
Exercise Science Options:Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Specialist
Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning Specialist
Exercise Science Program Description
Exercise Science program provides students with knowledge, skills, and expertise required for advanced training in many areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, orthotics, prosthetics, and exercise physiology/biomechanics.
A concentration in Exercise Science also qualifies an individual for career possibilities in cardiac rehabilitation, sports medicine, chiropractic, athletic training, geriatrics, health related fitness programming (fitness and corporate), and further scientific training in graduate school.
The Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Specialist emphasis is designed for students who want to develop the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to work in a clinical rehabilitation setting. Students who complete this emphasis are prepared for careers in cardiac rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiology, electrophysiology, and clinical graduate programs such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and other health related professional preparation programs. Admission to clinical graduate programs is competitive and it is critical that students work closely with an assigned advisor to plan coursework.
The Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning Specialist emphasis is designed for students who are interested in advanced scientific knowledge of how physical activity, exercise and sport alter health and human performance. Many students from this option pursue careers in fitness and corporate wellness, strength conditioning, and further their scientific training in graduate school.
The Exercise Science Program will hold advising sessions throughout the semester for continuing students interested in changing a concentration or new transfer students adding a concentration of Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation or Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning.
For information on transferring course credits from a California public community college or university, visit www.assist.org.
Advising Sessions Cover:
- Required Coursework
- Sequence of Classes
Spring 2017 Advising Sessions:
Wed, 1/25/17 @ 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SQU 456
Wed, 2/1/17 @ 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SQU 456
Wed, 4/26/17 @ 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SQU 456
Wed, 5/3/17 @ 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SQU 456
You will be invited to apply to graduate online when you have completed 85 units. If you haven't received an invitation after completion of 85 units, contact your faculty advisor. Be sure that your major (Academic Plan) is Kinesiology, the concentration is Exercise Science, and the emphasis (Academic Subplan) is Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning or Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation. The assigned faculty advisor will review your graduation application major information.
After Graduation Options
After graduation from the Exercise Science Program, many students continue on to graduate school in the following disciplines:
- Exercise Physiology
- Strength & Conditioning
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physician Assistant Programs
- Medical School
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Cardiovascular Clinical Programs (cardiovascular technician, echocardiogram, electrophysiology or pacemaker)
Some Exercise Science students enter the workforce directly after graduating with a BS degree. Possible careers include:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Personal Training
- Strength and Conditioning
- Corporate Wellness
- Cardiovascular Clinician