Exercise Science

Biomechanics Lab, Solano Hall 1030

Biomechanics Lab,
Solano Hall 1030


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.

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Certificate Program

Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Certificate

Roberto Quintana, Coordinator

Roberto Quintana,

Exercise Science Coordinator

Office: Solano Hall 2014
Phone: 916-278-4495
Email: quintana@csus.edu

Rodney Imamura, Advisor

Rodney Imamura,

Exercise Science Advisor

Office: Solano Hall 1030D
Phone: 916-278-7477
Email: rimamura@csus.edu

Daryl Parker, Advisor

Daryl Parker,

Exercise Science Advisor

Office: Solano Hall 2012
Phone: 916-278-6902
Email: parkerd@csus.edu

Harry theodorides

Harry Theodorides,

Strength and Conditioning

Office: Solano Hall 4025
Phone: 916-278-5051
Email: theodor@csus.edu

Jennifer Park,

Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation

Office: Solano Hall 4019
Phone: 916-278-5032
Email: jkpark@csus.edu


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 2018 Advising Sessions:

Wed, 1/24/18 @ 8:00am - 8:50am, CLV 145

Wed, 1/31/18 @ 8:00am - 8:50am, CLV 145

Wed, 3/14/18 @ 8:00am - 8:50am, CLV 145

Wed, 4/25/18 @ 8:00am - 8:50am, CLV 145

Graduation Application

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:

  1. Exercise Physiology
  2. Biomechanics
  3. Strength & Conditioning
  4. Physical Therapy
  5. Nursing
  6. Occupational Therapy
  7. Physician Assistant Programs
  8. Medical School
  9. Prosthetics and Orthotics
  10. 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:

  1. Cardiac Rehabilitation
  2. Personal Training
  3. Strength and Conditioning
  4. Corporate Wellness
  5. Cardiovascular Clinician