Exercise science professor leads a lesson on proper movements in the Centennial Hall gym

Exercise Science (B.S.)

Our exercise science bachelor's degree program, unique among PASSHE, is designed to prepare you for the wide range of careers in the dynamic field of wellness and fitness. This challenging and demanding program leads you to a future in corporate wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, health care, sports medicine, and research environments.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.
Program Contact
Professor of Exercise Science
Secretary of the Department of Health and Exercise Science
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Emphasis is on the interpreted aspects of wellness and fitness, gerontology, nutrition, stress management, alternative medicine and therapies and cardiac rehabilitation in a rapidly evolving professional field. Major national corporations and graduate programs actively recruit Bloomsburg students from this program.

Many large companies, concerned with the health and productivity of employees, seek exercise science professionals to develop and manage corporate wellness facilities; other graduates go on to establish their own businesses in the personal training and fitness field or into sports medicine. A number of leading universities, including us, offer graduate study in exercise science and adult fitness involving clinical and research internships to encompass the full spectrum of health, including cardiac rehabilitation, physiological assessment and training for optimal performance.

Courses and Curriculum

Our curriculum includes prerequisites for further education in many allied health fields such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Chiropractic Medicine, Medicine, Physician’s Assistant, Accelerated Nursing, and Cardiovascular Technology, as well as further graduate study in all Exercise Science based programs. Our program is an interdisciplinary program based on the medical sciences. Required courses outside the department include those from biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

BL Degree Requirements

*Please see the BL degree requirements for students who were enrolled prior to Fall 2023 and remained in the BL Program.  All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Exercise science students have completed internships at a variety of hospitals, clinics, universities, and corporate and private fitness centers.

Hospitals and Clinics

  • Bloomsburg Hospital
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital
  • Central Pa Rehabilitation Services
  • Clearfield Hospital
  • Coordinated Health Systems
  • Crozier Chester Medical Center
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Evangelical Community Hospital
  • First Choice Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • John Hopkins Medical Center
  • Thomas Jefferson Hospital

Fitness Centers

  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Suncom Industries
  • National Strength Professional Association
  • Merck and Company Inc.
  • Lightning Fast Training System
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Philbin's Athletic Training Center
  • Test Health Club
  • New York Life Fitness Center
  • Upper Merion Fitness Center
  • Joyner Sportsmedicine Institute
  • Bloom Health and Fitness
  • Bloomsburg Sportsplex
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Air Products and Fitness Center
  • Functional Athletic Strength and Speed Training

College and University

  • University of North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Florida State University
  • Drexel University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Scranton
  • Lehigh University
  • Lasalle University
  • Kutztown University
  • Lycoming College
  • Kings College
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Bloomsburg Because

Licensure and Certification

This program provides the theoretical background and practical experience needed for students pursuing national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

The Husky Difference

The Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs is the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions.
NSCA Education Recognition Program
ERP distinguishes schools with standardized, approved strength, and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA-CPT® and CSCS® certifications.
College of Distinction
College of Distinction
Bloomsburg has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, honored for its quality and high-impact practices.


The versatility of exercise science enables you to direct your abilities and commitment to Cardiac Rehabilitation, Corporate Fitness and Wellness, Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Health and Fitness Promotion, and many other careers dedicated to Health and Wellness. However, you cannot work as a physical education teacher, nutritionist, or dietician after completing this program. nutritionist or dietician after completing this program. You can meet the pre-requisite classes to go onto further study in these areas, but you will not be qualified to work in these fields with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

Top Skills Employers are Looking For

  • strong interpersonal skills
  • intense desire to help others
  • versatility in individual skill and fitness abilities
  • strength in sciences
  • knowledge of anatomy and physiology

2022–23 Student Outcomes

In 2022-23, the B.S. program reported the following outcome data:

  • Overall retention rate: 82.8%
  • National certification exam pass rate: 100%
  • Culminating experience (internship) pass rate: 96.6%
  • Employer satisfaction rate: 100%
  • Graduate placement rate: 93.8%
    » 40% secured full-time employment in a related field
    » 60% accepted into a graduate program to continue their education
  • Graduate satisfaction rate: 89.5%

Exercise Science Labs

Donovin Medina

Bloomsburg's program uses engaging, multifaceted courses to introduce real-world disciplines of the entire field to us. This gives me the opportunity to learn about various routes I can take upon graduating and choose the path I'm most interested in. The use of lab time, field testing, and other engaging activities to bring in information across a variety of disciplines makes the course design my favorite aspect!

Donovin Medina '23
Exercise Science
Donovin Medina

Exercise Science Contacts

Bloomsburg University Employee

Wendy Hoyt

  • Secretary of the Department of Health and Exercise Science

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