Why Study Exercise Science
Exercise science is the study of physical activity and exercise and how the body responds in both the acute and chronic conditions. The field of exercise science has several sub-disciplines including exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and the psychology of physical
activity. Exercise scientists rely on scientific principles to advance their understanding of how the body responds to exercise and to advocate physical activity to prevent and treat diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Why Study Exercise Science at Ship
Shippensburg University students enjoy small classes, with typically 20 students or less, which makes faculty members accessible in and out of class. Seasoned professors, not graduate students, teach lectures and labs. Faculty-directed
student research is highly encouraged at Shippensburg University. Ship has the only on-site elementary school in the state, the
Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School provides opportunities for exercise science students to conduct pediatric exercise testing and programming.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Ship graduates have many employment options open to them, including:
- Government agencies as wellness coordinators and program managers
- Medical settings as program coordinators and health/fitness specialists
- Corporate fitness centers as health promotion program directors
- Fitness clubs as exercise programming directors
Students may also find employment in hospitals and health centers doing cardiac rehabilitation exercise testing and programming or in other rehabilitation settings after graduate study, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy.
The average salary range for Exercise Science jobs in PA is $60,000.