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Exercise science prepares students to pursue rewarding health and fitness careers. You'll get a solid foundation in the science of exercise and health with hands-on experience in the health/fitness industry. 

Our students are prepared for graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical exercise physiology, kinesiology, and exercise science and careers in commercial fitness centers, health clubs, community centers, corporate wellness programs, and non-profit health promotion organizations. They conduct clinical research, lead group exercise and personal training sessions, coach sports teams, and work in rehabilitation settings — with skills mastered in service learning with community organizations, at the Holmes Sports Center on campus, and in our world-class neighboring health centers.

Program Requirements

Majors will complete 4 pre-requisite courses, a core consisting of ten courses plus two electives spread out across their four years. All Majors are required to have CPR and First Aid Certifications by January of their senior year. The suggested sequence is:

First Year

  • BIOL 113 General Biology (pre-req for BIOL 246)
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics or MATH 227: Biostatistical Design or MATH 229: Regression Models.
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic (pre-req for BIOL 231)
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic (pre-req for BIOL 231)

Sophomore Year

  • BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 246 Foundations in Exercise and Health
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • NUTR 112 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science

Junior Year

  • SNHS 361 Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • PSYC 232 Health Psychology
  • BIOL 332 Exercise Physiology
  • CPR with AED Training at Health Care Provider level
  • First Aid Certification

Senior Year

  • BIOL 370 Internship (8 credits)
  • BIOL 362 Kinesiology
  • PHYS 110 Introduction to Physics I (pre-req for Biol 362)
  • Exercise Science elective
  • Exercise Science elective

For Students in the Accelerated Doctorate in Physical Therapy program:

  • PT 631-632, Frameworks for PT Practice I and II and PT 610-612, Evidence Based Practice I and II satisfy the Independent Learning Requirement.
  • PT 626 Fundamentals of Movement Sciences II is equivalent to BIOL 362 Kinesiology
  • PHYS 111 is both a requirement for the DPT program and is an elective from the Exercise Science list

Exercise Science electives:

  • BIOL 221 and 221L Microbiology and lab
  • BIOL 233: Strength and Conditioning
  • PHYS 111 and 111L Intro Physics II and lab
  • SOCI 241 Health, Illness and Society
  • SOCI 345 Health Care Systems and Policy
  • SOCI 266 Sociology of Sports
  • NUTR 110 Sociocultural Implications of Nutrition
  • NUTR 215 Sports Nutrition
  • CHEM 223 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • NUTR 311 Nutrient Metabolism (CHEM 223 prereq.)
  • MCPHS BEH405A Mind-Body Medicine
Minor Requirements

The Exercise Science minor allows any interested student an opportunity to gain knowledge of the role that exercise plays in health and disease. The minor consists of the following five courses:

  • BIOL 246: Foundations of Exercise and Health
  • BIOL 332: Exercise Physiology
  • MATH 118: Introductory Statistics
  • SNHS 361: Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • Elective from the Exercise Science list (see above in Program Requirements)

For further information about the program in exercise science, contact Professor Randi Lite (Department of Biology). Students planning to attend medical, dental, or veterinary school should contact Professor Bruce Gray, Health Professions Advisor (Department of Biology), as early as possible to be sure to incorporate the courses required for admission to these professional schools.

Customize Your Program

You'll work with a faculty advisor to tailor your program to your interests and career goals. Simmons students have many opportunities to further customize with dual majors, accelerated programs and complementary minors — including the accelerated 5-year BS in Exercise Science/MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion and the 6-year combined BS in Exercise Science/ Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT).

Internships and Research

Facilities and Equipment:

The Exercise Physiology lab contains a metabolic cart, five computerized data acquisition workstations, exercise ergometers and a treadmill.

Our students master skills in measurement and assessment of oxygen consumption (VO2), neuromuscular activation (EMG), thermogenic, metabolic, pulmonary and cardiovascular responses to exercise. The Holmes Sports Center serves as a living lab for Exercise Assessment and Prescription skills.

Internship and Research Opportunities:

Simmons is located in the Longwood Medical area, home to world class medical, clinical and research facilities. Our students have done research in childhood asthma and in obesity at Children's Hospital, in amenorrhea at Brigham and Women's Hospital, interned in fitness/wellness at the BI/Deaconess Tanger Center and led exercise classes for cancer survivors at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

    Randi Lite
    • Randi Lite
    • Professor of Practice and Program Director for Exercise Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2660
    • Office: S259A
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