Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Exercise Science - Overview

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Contact Information

School of Public Health and Health Professions
211 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Phone: 716.829.2941
Fax: 716.829.2428
Web Address: sphhp.buffalo.edu/exercise-and-nutrition-sciences.html
Dave Hostler


The undergraduate program in exercise science (ES) is designed to prepare competent entry-level exercise science professionals who are capable of applying their knowledge of acute and chronic exercise physiology for the purposes of health promotion, disease prevention and performance enhancement. Our students will develop a strong knowledge base in anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise prescription, and exercise nutrition through rigorous coursework and practical experiences. The science-based curriculum prepares graduates to work with individuals across the life span to promote healthy lifestyle changes through basic interventions and referrals. Graduates are well prepared and encouraged to sit for a national certification exam, such as the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) or the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with faculty on ongoing research projects. The BS in Exercise Science prepares students for advanced study in graduate education in exercise physiology and/or health-related professions.

Students can choose tracks in general ES, pre-physical therapy, or ES/DPT. The formal lecture/laboratory sequence of courses, coupled with a one-semester internship experience, prepares baccalaureate graduates for entry-level positions focusing on health/fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, injury and disease prevention, community health and wellness, or performance enhancement. Some students find employment as a direct result of the internship experience. The ES program is also excellent preparation for entry into professional courses of study in other health professions, such as medicine, public health, chiropractic, dietetics or physician's assistant. In addition, our program is the entry point for the doctoral program in physical therapy (DPT). Students complete one year of the upper-level professional sequence in the ES program and then, if accepted, enter directly into the DPT program. Students may also choose to complete the 4-year baccalaureate program and then apply to the DPT program. In addition, we have two five-year combined degree programs. The first option is a BS in exercise science/MS in nutrition science and the second option is a BS in exercise science/MPH in epidemiology.

The desired outcomes of the program are to:
  • Ensure students are competent in the areas of anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise testing and prescription, and exercise nutrition
  • Develop skilled exercise science professionals who are capable of working with individuals across the lifespan in achieving health/fitness goals, preventing injuries and disease, and enhancing performance
  • Provide students with skills to analyze, evaluate and differentiate behavior between sound scientific information and unfounded or biased information
  • Prepare students to pass a national certification exam (ACSM, NSCA)
  • Provide practical opportunities for students to apply knowledge outside of the classroom
  • Prepare graduates to pursue advanced study in graduate programs in exercise physiology, nutrition, and/or health-related professions
  • Prepare graduates to find entry-level employment in an exercise science-related discipline.

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