Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Exercise Science BS/MS

Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

211 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8028
Dave Hostler
Heather Kearns
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 08.35 PHYSICAL ED METHODOLOGY, CIP: 26.0908 Exercise Physiology)

Why study Exercise Science BS/MS at UB?

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 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.

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, and 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 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. 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.

About Our Facilities

Students will complete lab-based coursework in the Exercise Physiology lab designed to enhance the teaching and training of the clinical and applied aspects of exercise physiology. The lab is located in Diefendorf Annex and serves to prepare students for national certifications in exercise assessment, prescription and programming. 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.

About Our Faculty

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.

Faculty List Directory

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

Career Outlook

Career Choices

There is a robust job market for professionals with master-level exercise science knowledge and skills. Professionals in the field are divided into those working with apparently healthy clients or athletes (non-clinical) and patients with chronic diseases or other medical concerns (clinical).

Graduates are well-suited to a variety of positions that focus on health/fitness, rehabilitation, injury and disease prevention, sports performance, strength and conditioning, and community wellness.

Alumni of Exercise Science are employed in the following fields:

  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (hospitals, clinics)
  • Chiropractic*
  • Corporate fitness and worksite wellness
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Health promotion
  • Private/commercial fitness
  • Community fitness/wellness (i.e. YMCAs)
  • Medicine*
  • Personal fitness training
  • Physical therapy*
  • Sports performance
  • Strength and conditioning (collegiate and professional level)

*Graduates from the Exercise Science program are not eligible for employment in some of the above areas without further schooling

Work settings include:

Corporate and commercial health and fitness centers

  • Community fitness/wellness centers
  • Sports training centers and professional sports teams
  • Private training/fitness studios
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Health-related non-profit organizations

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 sphhp-oasa@buffalo.edu. The office is located in 104 Kimball Tower.

Undergraduate Student Services

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in the professional sequence 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 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.

Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

211 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8028
Dave Hostler
Heather Kearns
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 08.35 PHYSICAL ED METHODOLOGY, CIP: 26.0908 Exercise Physiology)
Published: November 15, 2018 03:32:01 PM