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  • B.S. in Exercise Science: Clinical Track

    Hands-on learning in Mercy's state-of-the-art exercise science facility
    Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career of helping people lead healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation and nutrition.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Exercise Science: Clinical Track B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements* 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Exercise Science 49 Credits
Open Electives 11 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Exercise Science must complete all the EXSC core courses, along with the courses in their specialization track:

EXERCISE SCIENCE CORE COURSES (22 credits)

  • EXSC 110 Found Exercise Sci & Health*
  • EXSC 209 Emerg Care & Personal Safety
  • EXSC 230 Motor Learning
  • EXSC 360 Exercise Kinesiology
  • EXSC 460 Exercise Physiology
  • EXSC 460A Exercise Physiology Lab
  • EXSC 490 Exer Testing & Prescription
  • EXSC 490A Exer Testing & Prescription Lab
  • EXSC 493 Resources for the Exercise Physiologist
  • EXSC 495 Exercise Science Internship

Clinical Track

General Education Natural Science and Mathematics Courses

  • BIOL 117 Nutrition*
  • BIOL 130 Hum Anatomy & Physio I Lecture*
  • BIOL 130A Hum Anatomy & Physio I Lab
  • BIOL 131 Hum Anatomy &Physio II Lecture*
  • BIOL 131A Hum Anatomy & Physio II Lab
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry I Lecture*
  • CHEM 160A General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 161 General Chem II Lecture*
  • CHEM 161A General Chem II Lab
  • MATH 201 Precalculus*

Clinical Track Concentration Courses (24 credits)

  • PHYS 160 General Physics I
  • PHYS 161 General Physics II
  • BIOL 160 General Biology I Lecture
  • BIOL 160A General Biology I Lab
  • PSYN 233 Dvlpmntl Psych Across Lifespan
  • BHSC 370 Stats Socl/Behv Sciences
  • EXSC 250 Measure & Eval in Exercise Sci
  • EXSC 492 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

* These courses fulfill General Education requirements

To complete major concentration, corequisite lab courses must be taken
 

Students enrolling in natural science courses must earn at least a letter grade of C in all prerequisite courses. Students must place at the English 111 level to enroll in all natural science courses. Students in the exercise science major may not repeat a course more than once.

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Is the schedule flexible?
Very. You can take classes as a part-time or full-time student, at various times including evenings and weekends.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
I've taken classes at another college. Can I transfer credit to complete the BS?
Yes. Acceptance of transfer credits is determined by Admissions. They consult with any graduate program to which you intend to apply. To be eligible for a BS in Exercise Science, which is a 120-credit degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits at Mercy College. Mercy may transfer up to 90 undergraduate credits from a 4-year college and up to 75 credits from a 2-year community college.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
When can I apply to the Exercise Science program?
Students can declare their major as early as their freshman year. It is advised that students considering the Exercise Science program contact the Program Coordinator as early as possible to plan their course of study.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
What are the benefits of obtaining a BS in Exercise Science?
A BS in Exercise Science is an excellent choice if you are interested in having a degree that allows you to directly enter the workforce upon graduation. If you plan to pursue graduate education, the program will prepare you for both master's and doctorate level work as our BS in Exercise Science includes graduate program prerequisite courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and exercise physiology to name a few. (Depending on the area of emphasis of the graduate program you choose, additional courses may be required.)
How is Mercy's program unique?
Mercy College is known for flexible scheduling and small class size. Our small class size facilitates a close relationship among the students and between students and faculty. Laboratory sections are taught by the professors who teach the lectures and not by graduate students. This arrangement enables faculty to closely coordinate the lecture and laboratory components of our courses and enables students to learn laboratory skills from experienced professionals.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Should I finish the general education requirements before starting my major?
No! Because of the rigor of the program a combination of general education courses and major-level courses is recommended. Students should contact the Program Coordinator as early as possible to plan their course of study.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Online" and complete the application for admission to Mercy College, or call 1-877-MERCY GO to arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. If you bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment, the Admissions Counselor will evaluate your transcripts and make an acceptance decision. In addition, you may be required to take the Mercy College Placement Examination, which is used to place students in appropriate-level mathematics and English courses. If applicable, an appointment to take this exam will be scheduled at the time of your interview. Once you have met with an Admissions Counselor and taken the Placement Examination, you will meet with an Academic Advisor to plan a course schedule for your first semester at Mercy College.
Astrid Mel Assistant Professor, Program Head, Exercise Science
Mary Allison Williams Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
Patrick Davitt Assistant Professor, Exercise Science

Exercise Science: Clinical Track Overview

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 health and wellness.

The Exercise Science program supports preparation for academic advancement into graduate health professions and other related areas such as biomechanics, exercise psychology, sports psychology and athletic training. Students interested in entering the work force upon graduating with the B.S. degree in Exercise Science will also be prepared to apply for positions within the wellness and fitness industry.

All Exercise Science students take the same core curriculum and specialize in one area of concentration. Both tracks prepare students for certifications such as the ACSM Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) and the NSCA Certified and Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exams.

Clinical Track - Focus on Graduate School Preparation

This track has a strong sciences foundation and prepares students for entry into Graduate health profession programs (physical therapy, exercise physiology, etc).

Exercise Science: Clinical Track FAQS

When can I apply to the Exercise Science program?
Students can declare their major as early as their freshman year. It is advised that students considering the Exercise Science program contact the Program Coordinator as early as possible to plan their course of study.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.

Exercise Science: Clinical Track Fast Facts

  • Use of state-of-the-art exercise science lab
  • Flexible schedule and small class size
  • Hands-on experience and real world application
  • Recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as an Education Recognition program (ERP)

Meet Astrid Mel, Program Director, Exercise Science

Learn about her story and explore Exercise Science at Mercy College.

Exercise Science Program Accredited!

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of Committee on Accreditation for Exercise Sciences (CoAES) awarded initial accreditation to the Mercy College Exercise Science program on March 17, 2017.

We are very proud and excited to be the 1st College in the Westchester/New York Metropolitan area and 2nd in New York State to receive full accreditation for our Exercise Science Program. We are also the only Exercise Science Program in New York State accredited by CAAHEP and recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as an Education Recognition Program (ERP).

These prestigious distinctions recognize the high quality of our Exercise Science Program and its faculty.

"There seems to be a lot of confusion with regard to nociception and pain. These two are constantly used synonymously when, in reality, they are different than one another. To explain this, we need to start from the beginning and explain what nociception is and how it works . . . "

Click here to read more of this Exercise Student's article on nociception.

The Nocebo Effect

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, and the words my clinician uses can also hurt me. Sounds crazy, but it's not. Whether you're into pain science or not, we're all probably familiar with the placebo effect to some extent . . . the placebo response isn't some mystical phenomenon, we can explain why it's happening . . ."

Click here to read more of this Exercise Science student's article on the nocebo effect.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Synthesize and apply knowledge of core concepts from biological, physical, health, and behavioral sciences as a foundation for practice in exercise science
  • Act in accordance with professional and ethical standards in the field of exercise science
  • Assess health status, conduct fitness testing, and interpret results based on scientific evidence
  • Utilize evidence to design, administer, and modify appropriate exercise programs for normal and at-risk populations
  • Design and implement behavior modifications to promote and sustain a healthy lifestyle
  • Communicate information clearly in written and oral format to clients, colleagues, and community agencies