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All In toTransform Your Passion for Exercise Science Into Your Career.

With your bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, you're truly "all in" for shaping the healthiest versions of others. Prepare for a rewarding career in health fitness, sports, physical therapy, or medical recovery. Run laps around the competition and train in our high-tech exercise physiology laboratory.

Upon graduation, you'll be ready to lead, equipped to earn certifications, make meaningful contributions to the lives of your clients, or go into graduate programs for advanced exercise therapy.

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At Roberts, we are committed to giving you a head start in earning income and achieving your personal goals by helping you graduate in four years. In fact, we guarantee it.


Program Highlights

Help your clients achieve things they’ve only dreamed of.

Achieve client goals through specialized equipment and strategies.

You’ll be prepared for higher education in physical therapy, athletic training, and more.

What Will I Learn

You’ll learn skills to help clients become the best version of themselves. You’ll also gain experiential learning through internships. Build a strong foundation in areas such as biology, chemistry, and physiology.

Your customized educational pathway is designed to help you make a lasting impact. It's about more than education; it's about embracing your unique calling and turning it into a meaningful career.

You’ll study:
  • Exercise science and physiology
  • General chemistry and biology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Motor development
Acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to earn professional certification from nationally recognized organizations, including:
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Council on Exercise
  • American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals

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Career Outlook

Examples of Fitness Specialist Careers

  • Personal Trainer
  • Corporate Wellness Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitator
  • Sports Manager
  • Recreational Therapist

Examples of Pre-Health Professional Careers

  • Physical Therapist
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Chiropractor

Grad Schools

  • Roberts Wesleyan University 
  • Columbia University
  • D'Youville College
  • Penn State University
  • Rutgers University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Delaware
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Frequently Asked Questions

Exercise science is the study of the adaptation of the human body to movement and physical activity. Exercise scientists find the best possible exercises for each individual to maintain or increase their physical fitness.

An exercise science degree from Roberts has a foundation in chemistry, biology, human anatomy and physiology, and principles of nutrition.

After obtaining your exercise science degree at Roberts, you’ll leave prepared to acquire your professional certification from nationally recognized organizations or further educational opportunities.

An exercise science degree will prepare you for your next step, which could be in a fitness specialist position, the pre-health field, or graduate school.

Specific positions you could pursue as an exercise science graduate:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

According to the US Bureau of Labor, the median annual wage for exercise physiologists in 2022 was about $51,350.

Naturally, the numbers will differ by area, type of school, position, and level of degree one may have.

Yes! If you come to campus for an individual visit, you can meet individually with a professor to get an overview of the major and your individual questions answered. Our Discovery Day events typically include a Faculty & Services Expo, where you can meet your future professors.

Yes, we are committed to helping students meet the financial obligation to earn a degree and advance their careers. The Office of Student Financial Services works to assist all students in financial aid. In 2022-23, Roberts awarded financial assistance to 100% of our full-time undergraduate students.

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