Our students develop a strong foundation in anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise prescription, and exercise nutrition through rigorous coursework. The science-based curriculum prepares graduates to work with individuals across the lifespan to promote healthy lifestyle changes through basic interventions and referrals. Graduates are well prepared and encouraged to take a national certification exam, such as the Board of Certification (BOC)* to become a Certified Athletic Trainer, the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) 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/MS in ES provides students with the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Students are well-prepared for positions in health/fitness, cardiac rehab, injury prevention, wellness, and strength and conditioning.
*Once the program is accredited
By the completion of their studies in the proposed BS/MS program in Exercise Science and Athletic Training, students are expected to demonstrate the following primary student learning outcomes. These outcomes mirror the competencies set by CAATE for Athletic Training education and are ultimately assessed by successful completion of the certification exam.
- Students will develop an understanding of evidence-based practice concepts and their application to sound clinical decision-making and the critical examination of athletic training practice.
- Students will learn to develop and implement strategies and programs to prevent the incidence and/or severity of injuries and illnesses and optimize their clients’/patients’ overall health and quality of life.
- Students will possess strong clinical examination skills in order to accurately diagnose and effectively treat their patients.
- Students will be knowledgeable and skilled in the evaluation and immediate management of acute injuries and illnesses.
- Students will learn the range of interventions, methods, techniques, equipment, activities, using body movement, and medications that are available to athletic trainers.
- Students will learn to recognize clients/patients exhibiting abnormal social, emotional, and mental behaviors and to intervene and refer these individuals as necessary.
- Students will learn their role and function within the context of a complex healthcare system.
- Students will learn the importance of maintaining current competence in the constantly changing world of healthcare and embrace the need to practice within the limits of state and national regulation using moral and ethical judgment.
Students will take a series of courses related to human anatomy and physiology; exercise assessment, prescription and programming; exercise physiology and nutrition. Class size varies in undergraduate courses with lab and recitation sections kept to a maximum of 26 students per section. Class size in the graduate program is limited to 20 seats per cohort. Labs allow students to practice skills such as ECG interpretation, vital sign monitoring, health risk appraisal, fitness assessment, exercise testing and prescription, and exercise instruction. Students are encouraged to work with faculty on independent study projects. Students also complete practicums and internships to gain hands-on experience in exercise science and nutrition.
Students will complete lab-based coursework in the Exercise Physiology and Strength & Conditioning labs designed to enhance the teaching and training of the clinical and applied aspects of exercise physiology and athletic training. The lab is located in Diefendorf Annex and serves to prepare students for national certifications in exercise assessment, prescription and programming. Athletic training students will utilize state-of-the-art sports medicine facilities house in UB Athletics. Students have opportunities to work with faculty in department laboratories including the Emergency Responder Human Performance lab, Center for Research and Education in Special Environments (CRESE), the Nutrition and Health Research lab, and the Center for Health Research. CRESE is one of the only research centers in the world that allows scientists to study extreme environments. The full CRESE team includes scientists from three schools: Public Health and Health Professions, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences includes 12 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 5 clinical faculty members, and 7 affiliated faculty members. Faculty research interests include: environmental physiology; emergency responder health and safety; temperature regulation; obesity; food motivation; phytosterols; and caffeine use. Over 130 classes a year are taught by ENS faculty with the support of seven teaching assistants. Undergraduate courses are primarily taught by full-time faculty members with specializations in nutrition and exercise physiology.
Please visit the Exercise Science department website for additional information about our faculty.
An athletic trainer is a healthcare professional educated and experienced in the management of healthcare problems associated with sport and physical activity. In cooperation with physicians and other healthcare personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an important member of the healthcare team in schools, colleges, universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other healthcare settings. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the need for athletic trainers is expected to grow 23% over the next 10 years . At the National and regional level, there is a growing recognition that professional healthcare providers who are well versed in sport are needed at all levels of play including secondary schools.
The Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) is the centralized advisement unit in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). The office provides advisement services to undergraduate students in the school. The overarching mission of the Office for Academic and Student Affairs is to provide academic advising and retention efforts that strengthen and enhance the diversity of the student body.
To contact OASA, call 716-829-5000 or email email@example.com. The office is located in 104 Kimball Tower.
Undergraduate Student Services
Honoring the first dean of the School of Health Related Professions, the J. Warren Perry Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences or the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential. The Paul DeMartinis Athletic Training Student Support Fund is awarded to students enrolled in the graduate students in Athletic Training only. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, professional potential and financial need.