As an exercise science major, you will focus on improving or maintaining health, fitness and performance as well as preventing injury and disease.

What courses will you take?

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Students majoring in the Exercise Science Clinical Option can choose the new three-year pathway to accelerate their careers or graduate studies.

The B.S. in Exercise Science provides a high-quality education in the study of bodily movement that contributes to human fitness and wellness. It includes subjects such as biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, training and fitness for special population groups.

At UMass Lowell, we offer two options, which lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

  • Clinical Option — Gain a strong foundation in the sciences, which prepares you for the capstone senior clinical practicum. Offered in a three- or four-year format, this option prepares students to take certification examinations by the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Choose this option if you want to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. 
  • Exercise and Fitness Management Option — Gain knowledge in exercise science, nutrition, public health and business to pursue careers in the fitness industry. You will graduate with work ready and transferable skills in careers that develop and implement exercise and wellness programming. You can choose to complete one of five business minors, which can be applied toward UMass Lowell’s MBA program.

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about the Exercise Science Minor.

  • Degree Pathways are a semester-by-semester sequence of courses recommended for successful completion of a degree, diploma, credential or certificate from the university. The most current degree pathways are:

    Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.
  • The Exercise Science program prepares all students to be able to:
    1. Promote and guide healthy lifestyles that include physical activity, exercise, and wellness programs in diverse populations by utilizing current theories and research literature.
    2. Design exercise and wellness programs which maximize compliance, motivation, and prevents injury and illness.
    3. Apply analytical and critical thinking to advance exercise and wellness initiatives for individuals and communities.
    4. Collaborate with individuals, families, communities, businesses, and other health care professionals in the delivery of care.
    5. Develop a self-directed plan for professional development and lifelong learning which includes self- assessment, self-correction and self-direction.
    6. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior during all professional interactions.
    7. Communicate effectively in ways that are congruent with situational needs, including appropriate body language, written communication, active listening skills and questioning.
    8. Develop leadership skills of accountability, delegation, education, and supervision.

Why study exercise science at UMass Lowell?

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Gain Real-world Experiences

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the ways UML students gain career-ready skills:
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Research Opportunities

Our faculty actively engages in interdisciplinary clinical and scientific research among the following populations:

  • Athletes
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric
  • Neurologic
  • Orthopedic/Musculoskelatal
  • Tactical
  • Women's Health
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Cutting-edge Equipment

Our faculty use state-of-the-art research equipment to investigate:

  • Movement Analysis
  • Foot Pressure Mapping
  • Muscle Function
  • Brain Imaging
  • Cardiopulmonary & Metabolic Function
  • Electrocardiography
  • Body Composition
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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Prepare to become a physical therapist by continuing into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

  • Accredited since 1981
  • Annually, tuition and fees average half the cost of private higher education peers
  • 100% of DPT graduates are fully employed within six months

Students who choose the Clinical Option and meet the qualifications as incoming first-year students are eligible.

What can you do with a degree in exercise science?

Graduates of UMass Lowell's science-based exercise science program are equipped to pursue graduate studies or become exercise practitioners (group exercise instructor, personal trainer) or strength and conditioning coaches.

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Alumni of our program work in diverse settings including:

  • Clinical settings caring for patients with cardiac, pulmonary and metabolic conditions
  • Corporate or private fitness settings
  • Public health or public policy centers
  • Research facilities
  • Sports medicine facilities
  • Sports teams
  • Strength and conditioning settings
  • Wellness centers

Program Contact Information

For general inquiries regarding the Exercise Science program, please contact:

Kyle F. Coffey PT, DPT
Exercise Science Program Director
Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology
University of Massachusetts Lowell
113 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854 

Telephone: 978-934-6462