Exercise Science Overview
Exercise science is the study of the body’s response to immediate and long-term physical activity, exercise and sport performance. Graduates of our program are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing exercise prescriptions and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive life behaviors for health promotion in apparently healthy adults and those with controlled diseases.
Mercy's exercise science program is one of the only programs in the tri-state area to hold both CAAHEP accreditation through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and ERP designation by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
You can choose one of 2 tracks, both leading to a B.S. in Exercise Science: Clinical or Performance. Both tracks prepare students for professional certification exams such as the ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certification (ACSM-EP) and the NSCA Certified and Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification.
This track prepares you for careers promoting optimal health through fitness, rehabilitation and health and wellness. This track embeds prerequisites needed to apply for graduate study in physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology and other allied health professions.
This track prepares you for careers promoting optimal health in sports performance and physical activity. This track includes prerequisites needed to apply for athletic coaching, physical education, and other health and fitness professions.
With a B.S. in Exercise Science, you can pursue a wide array of rewarding careers such as:
Strength and conditioning coaching
Our Exercise Science B.S. also prepares you for graduate school in allied health careers such as:
Mercy’s Accredited Bachelor’s Program in Exercise Science Earns National Recognition
The Education Recognition Program (ERP) designation, awarded by the National Strength Conditioning Association, has singled out Mercy’s Exercise Science Bachelor’s Degree Program for its commitment to quality education leading to careers in exercise science. The recognition follows the program’s accomplishment last spring, when it earned continued accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education, the accrediting body for health sciences education, for the maximum period of ten years.
Meet Dr. Astrid Mel
Astrid Mel is Program Director and Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Mercy University. She is responsible for planning and implementing program initiatives, including the development of a state-of-the-art lab for teaching and research, developing, teaching and supervising curricular activities within the program
Tour the Exercise Science Lab
The Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science offers a comprehensive curriculum grounded in scientific principles and their practical application to maintaining health through fitness and nutrition, training and performance, rehabilitation, and wellness.
GNYACM Fall Conference
A group of Exercise Science students and faculty memebr, Dr. Amanda Bireline, attended the American College of Sports Medicine’s Greater New York chapter (GNYACSM) fall meeting at NYU Langone on Saturday. The focus of the conference was A.I. in Exercise Science: Embracing the Future, Acknowledging the Risks. Students had the opportunity to learn from, and network with, professionals in the field.
The Mercy Advantage
- 100% graduate satisfaction rate
- Embedded internships
- Active Exercise Science club
- Personalized advising and mentorships
- Cutting-edge equipment (Bod Pod, metabolic cart, and more)
- Small class size for personalized attention
- Hands-on learning in real-world settings
- CAAHEP accredited program through ACSM
- Education Recognition Program (ERP) designated by NSCA
- Dedicated state-of-the-art exercise science lab