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Exercise Science BS - Pre-Athletic Training Concentration

(HEGIS: 08.35 , CIP: 26.0908 Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology)

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

211 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8028

Dave Hostler

Heather Kearns
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Why study Exercise Science BS - Pre-Athletic Training Concentration at UB?

Our Pre-AT concentration is designed to prepare students for future graduate study in Athletic Training. Students will complete the prerequisites for UB’s Athletic Training program. Students in the Pre-AT concentration develop a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and nutrition through rigorous coursework. An athletic trainer is a health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sport and physical activity. In collaboration with physicians and other health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an important member of the health care team in schools, colleges, universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, performing art clinics, and other health care settings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will be able to:
•    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
•    Demonstrate professionalism and integrity
•    Continue their education or find employment using the BS ES degree

The Learning Environment

Students complete courses in human anatomy and 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. 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 research projects. Students are required to complete a 3-credit practicum and a 12-credit internship in year 4 to gain hands-on experience in exercise science.

About Our Facilities

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. 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.

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 members. Faculty 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.

Faculty List Directory

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

While there are a variety of entry-level job opportunities using the Exercise Science undergraduate degree, many of our students go on to graduate programs in areas such as exercise physiology, physical therapy, athletic training, medicine, or public health. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job outlook for Exercise Physiologists is expected to grow faster than average with 100,00 or more job openings from 2020-2030.

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.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To contact OASA, call 716-829-5000 or email OASA. The office is located in 104 Kimball Tower.
For additional information on Academic Advising, please view our Undergraduate Student Services website.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in their senior year of the program may apply for the Outstanding Senior Award, a financial award based on leadership, service, and scholarship. 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.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:11