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.

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 and Director of Exercise Science

Michael Welch

  • Assistant Professor NTT and Internship Coordinator for the Exercise Science Program