Exercise Science

Exercise science prepares students to pursue rewarding health and fitness careers.

Students in an exercise science class

Are you ready to get moving?

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.

Our students 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.

Majors will complete four prerequisite 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 March 1 of the senior year. The suggested sequence for core courses is:

First Year

BIOL 113 General Biology 4
CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry: Inorganic 4
CHEM 112 Introduction to Chemistry: Organic 4
MATH 118 Introductory Statistics 4
MATH 227 Intermediate Statistics: Design & Analysis 4

BIOL 113, MATH 118: prereq. for BIOL 246

CHEM 111, CHEM 112: prereq. for BIOL 231

Sophomore Year

BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 246 Foundations of Exercise and Health 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science 4
NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science 4

Junior Year

BIOL 332 Exercise Physiology 4
PHYS 110 Introductory Physics I 4
SNHS 361 Exercise Assessment & Prescription 4
PSYC 232 Health Psychology 4
CPR with AED Training
First Aid Certification (offered on campus at cost)

BIOL 332: prereq. for SNHS 361

PHYS 110: prereq. for BIOL 362

Senior Year: total of 8 credits:

BIOL 370 Internship 0
BIOL 350 Independent Laboratory Research 4
BIOL 355 Thesis 4

BIOL 370: 8 credits

For Students in the Accelerated Physical Therapy Program:

DPT 612/13 Professional Seminar (2 credits) and the tutorial components of DPT 672/73 Frameworks of Physical Therapy: Musculoskeletal 1 and 2 (4 credits) are the equivalent of the Capstone and Biology 370 Internship.

DPT 622/23 Fundamentals of Movement Sciences 1 and 2 are equivalent to BIOL 362 Kinesiology.

PHYS 111 is both a requirement for the DPT program and an elective from the Exercise Science list.

The second Exercise Science elective is satisfied by DPT 652, Evidence-Based Practice

Exercise Science Electives:

AST 232 Race, Gender & Health 4
BIOL 221 Microbiology 4
BIOL 233 Strength and Conditioning 4
CHEM 223 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
NUTR 110 Sociocultural Implications of Nutrition 4
NUTR 215 Sports Nutrition 4
NUTR 260 Health Promotion Through the Life Cycle 4
NUTR 311 Nutrient Metabolism 4
Mind-Body Medicine
PHYS 111 Introductory Physics II 4
SOCI 241 Health, Illness & Society 4
SOCI 345 Health Systems & Policy 4
SOCI 266 Sociology of Sports 4

NUTR 311: CHEM 223 prereq.

SOCI 345: SOCI 101 prereq.

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 4
BIOL 332 Exercise Physiology 4
MATH 118 Introductory Statistics 4
SNHS 361 Exercise Assessment & Prescription 4
Exercise Science Elective from list

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).

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. The Holmes Sports Center is also the home to two new classes at Simmons University; "Strength and Conditioning and Form" and "Function: Resistant Training." 

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.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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Our Faculty

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Randi Lite

  • Professor of Practice, Biology, and Dir. of Exercise Science