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Exercise Science Combined BS/MS - Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

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

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

Students in the combined BS/MS pre-physical therapy concentration develop a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise assessment and prescription, and 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 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 and through completion of a 6-credit internship at a site of their choosing. 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.

Learning Outcomes

The BS/MS in Exercise Science prepares graduates for entry-level and managerial positions in the areas of fitness, health and wellness, sport performance, strength and conditioning, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. Students apply the scientific principles of exercise conditioning to design exercise programs to enhance the well-being of individuals.

Skills gained in this program include managing, organizing and meeting deadlines, analyzing, critical thinking, teaching, interpreting, communicating, persuading/influencing, coordinating, planning, problem solving, and coaching.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will be able to:

  • Design and prescribe exercise programs for individuals across the lifespan to restore health, maintain optimal well-being, and enhance sports performance
  • Pass a national certification exam (ACSM, NSCA)
  • Demonstrate problem solving, professionalism, critical thinking and communication
  • Conduct basic and applied research in exercise science

The Learning Environment

Students will 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. 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 are required to complete a 6-credit internships in year 4 to gain hands-on experience in exercise science.

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. 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 coaches, and strength and conditioning coaches, medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. Some of these professions require additional education beyond the master's degree. You will find our alumni working in various settings, including sports performance facilities, fitness and wellness centers, educational institutions, and healthcare organizations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job outlook for Exercise Physiologists is expected to grow faster than average with 100,000 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.

Graduate students are advised by the Graduate Program Director and Graduate Program Assistant.

Academic Advising Contact Information

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

Undergraduate Student Services

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. Students in their fourth year of the program may also 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. Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis to graduate students.

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Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:40