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Exercise Science BS - Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration/Physical Therapy DPT

(HEGIS: 08.35 PHYSICAL ED METHODOLOGY, CIP: 26.0908 Exercise Physiology)

Why study Exercise Science BS - Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration/Physical Therapy DPT at UB?

The combined ES BS/DPT program allows students to complete the BS in Exercise Science and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) professional graduate program in 6 years. During the first three years, students will develop a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise assessment and prescription, and nutrition. The science-based curriculum prepares students for national certification exams, such as the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) 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 combined Exercise Science BS/DPT program is suited for exceptional students who want an accelerated pathway to complete the Bachelor of Science and DPT degrees. Students in this program will apply to UB’s DPT program in year three. Refer to the DPT Admissions website for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the basic principles and vocabulary of exercise science
  • Work with individuals across the lifespan in establishing and achieving health/fitness goals
  • Prescribe exercise programs to restore health and maintain optimal well-being
  • Pass a national certification exam (ACSM, NSCA)
  • Obtain entry-level positions in health, fitness, rehabilitation and sport performance settings

The Learning Environment

Undergraduate students complete courses in human anatomy, human physiology; fitness assessment,  exercise programming, exercise physiology and human nutrition. Class size varies in undergraduate courses with lab and recitation sections kept to a maximum of 25 students per section. Undergraduate 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.

Refer to the DPT page in the Undergraduate Catalog for information about the learning environment in the graduate portion of the program.

About Our Facilities

Undergraduate students will complete lab-based coursework in the Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning labs designed to enhance the teaching and training of the clinical and applied aspects of exercise science. The labs are located in Kimball Tower and serve to prepare students for national certifications in exercise assessment, prescription and programming. Students have opportunities to work with faculty in departmental 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.

About Our Faculty

The department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences includes 11 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 9 clinical faculty members, and 7 affiliated faculty membersFaculty research interests include environmental physiology, occupational health and safety, thermal stress, obesity, ingestive behavior,  dietary impact on health and chronic disease, and neural control of energy balance. Over 150 classes a year are taught by ENS faculty with the support of teaching assistants and experienced adjunct faculty who are experts in their discipline.

Refer to the DPT page in the Undergraduate Catalog for information about the graduate program faculty.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Exercise Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

Please visit the Rehabilitation Sciences department website for additional information about graduate faculty.

Career Outlook

There is a robust job market for professionals with an exercise science background, particularly driven by increases in the aging population and the prevalence of obesity and lifestyle-related diseases. Professionals in the field work with healthy clients or athletes (non-clinical) and patients with chronic diseases or other medical conditions (clinical).

Alumni of Exercise Science are employed as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists, exercise physiologists, health coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. Some of these professions require additional education beyond the 4-year bachelor's degree. You will find our alumni working in various settings, including sports performance facilities, fitness and wellness centers, educational institutions, and healthcare organizations.

Refer to the DPT page in the Undergraduate Catalog for career information for graduates of the DPT Program.

Academic Advising

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.

Students who are accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional graduate program are assigned to a faculty advisor for the three years of the program.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To contact OASA, call 716-829-5000 or email OASA. The office is located in 104 Kimball Tower.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students may apply for a summer scholarship to help offset the cost of Gross Anatomy, a course taken between the third and fourth year of the program. Summer scholarships are based on financial need and academic performance. 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.

Refer to the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences website for information on scholarships and financial support for students in the DPT program.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:07