exercise science

2013 ESS Symposium

The 2013 Exercise and Sport Sciences & Athletics Symposium was held March 18 and focused on Youth, Health, and Sport. read more…


ESS Internships…

Exercise Science majors gain valuable professional experience through a required internship.

Career Opportunities…

An increased demand for professionals with expertise in athletic training creates a variety of opportunities.

ESS Club…

One of the most active student organizations on campus, the ESS Club is designed to develop skills and build connections outside the classroom.

ESS Faculty…

Exercise Science majors learn from experienced, expert faculty members.

ESS Symposium…

Every spring the Symposium focuses on a chosen theme with speakers who are experts in their fields.

B.S. in Exercise Science

Exercise science is a multifaceted field that focuses on the study of exercise and physical activity as it relates to improved health, fitness and motor performance enhancement. The Exercise Science major emphasizes a scientific approach to wellness.

The Exercise Science major emphasizes a scientific approach to wellness; courses are designed to meet the recommended standards of the American College of Sports Medicine in preparing students to become health fitness specialists. Graduates are prepared to work in community, commercial and clinical exercise science settings.

For complete information about major requirements and course offerings, please refer to the college catalog.

Grad School Affiliations and Pre-Professional Programs…

Colby-Sawyer has affiliation agreements to assist qualified baccalaureate degree graduates from Colby-Sawyer College in gaining admission into the graduate programs at Plymouth State University and Springfield College. The ESS major is a strong foundation for careers in physical therapy and other fields in healthcare.

Program Highlights

  • Students may choose to supplement their major with a coaching certificate.
  • Pre-physical therapy advising is available. Students are required to complete two internship experiences.
  • Students receive hands-on experience collecting human movement data.
  • Students design and conduct a research project their senior year.

Recent Internships

  • Exercise laboratory intern—Children's Hospital Boston
  • Health education and fitness programming—Duke University Live for Life
  • Orthotics assistant—Maine Artificial Limb and Orthotics
  • Personal training assistant—Milton Hospital
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Practitioner/technical assistant
  • Research assistant—Dartmouth College
  • Strength and conditioning intern—Los Angeles Dodgers

Career Paths

  • Emergency preparedness and response coordinator
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Exercise specialist
  • Head strength and conditioning coordinator—United States Olympic Committee
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant in cardiology—Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator
  • Strength and conditioning coach—Cincinnati Reds

Exercise Science Student Outcomes

All graduates of the exercise science program will:

  • be knowledgeable about the body's responses to exercise, training and performance;

  • understand the effects of growth, development and the aging process on the physiological responses to exercise;

  • understand psychological factors related to exercise behavior;

  • be aware of major risk factors for hypokinetic/chronic diseases and the role that exercise plays in reducing those risks;

  • be able to utilize various assessment tools for health/fitness evaluations;

  • possess the necessary certifications to implement emergency care in a health care setting;

  • be able to design exercise and performance enhancement programs for healthy and at-risk populations;

  • understand how nutrition and weight control relates to health and motor performance;

  • be knowledgeable about the mechanical principles related to human movement;

  • be able to assess the effectiveness of health promotion programs; and

  • understand and implement the ethical standards of the field.