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  • B.S. in Exercise Science: Performance Track

    Performance Track: Focus on Fitness
    Prepare for in-demand fields of strength and conditioning, personal training, weight loss management and performance coaching.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Exercise Science: Performance Track B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements* 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Performance Track 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 (25 credits)

  • EXSC 110 Found Exercise Sci & Health
  • EXSC 209 Emerg Care & Personal Safety: CPR/AED/First Aid
  • EXSC 230 Applied Motor Learning
  • EXSC 360 Exercise Kinesiology
  • EXSC 460 Exercise Physiology
  • EXSC 460A Exercise Physiology Lab
  • EXSC 490 Exer Testing & Prescription
  • EXSC 490A Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab
  • EXSC 493 Resources for the Exercise Physiologist
  • EXSC 495 Exercise Science Internship

Performance Track Concentration Courses (24 credits)

  • EXSC 105 Intro to Athletic Training
  • EXSC 250 Research Methods in Exercise Science
  • EXSC 240 Sports Nutrition
  • EXSC 370 Biomechanics
  • EXSC 385 Strength and Conditioning
  • EXSC 492 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
  • EXSC 496 Exercise Science Internship II
  • EXSC 497 Exercise Science Internship II

General Education Natural Science and Mathematics Courses

  • MATH 116 College Algebra
  • BIOL 117 Nutrition*
  • BIOL 130 Anatomy & Physio I*
  • BIOL 130A Hum Anatomy & Physio I Lab*
  • BIOL 131 Hum Anatomy &Physio II*
  • BIOL 131A Hum Anatomy & Physio II Lab
  • PHYS 120 Physics for the Health Sciences*
  • ECON 120 The World of Business*
  • PSYN 235 Sports Psychology

*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. 

Academic Program Sequence Map
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.
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.
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.
Is the schedule flexible?
Very. You can take classes as a part-time or full-time student, at various times including evenings and weekends.
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.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Astrid Mel Assistant Professor, Program Head, Exercise Science
Mary Allison Williams Assistant Professor, Exercise Science

Exercise Science: Performance 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.

Performance Track - Focus on Fitness

This track prepares students for work in a variety of high demand fields, including but not limited to: strength and conditioning, personal training, weight loss management and performance coaching.

Exercise Science: Performance Track FAQS

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.
Is the schedule flexible?
Very. You can take classes as a part-time or full-time student, at various times including evenings and weekends.

Exercise Science: Performance Track Fast Facts

  • 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)

Mercy Alum Greg Muy '19 Returns as Employer at Career Fair

At Career Fair 2019 proud Mercy alums were in attendance as employers for their companies. Greg Muy '19 graduates this year and is already at Iron Health!

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Meet Astrid Mel, Program Director, Exercise Science

Learn more 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.

Cycling and Parkinson’s Disease Research Grant

Nannette Hyland PT, PhD Program Director of the Physical Therapy program and Astrid Mel PhD, Program Director of the Exercise Science program were award $18,000 from theRainwater Charitable Foundation to study the impact of an indoor cycling protocol in reducing Parkinson’s symptoms. This project will involve graduate DPT students to assist with data collection. The study will be performed at ClubFit in Briarcliff, NY over the next year. 

"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 in 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