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Theodore J. Smith
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing & Health Sciences


Exercise Science

Study how movement influences health, fitness, performance and disease prevention — and help others lead longer, happier, healthier lives.

Take a scientific approach to exercise and physical activity through advanced understanding of personal health and wellness, nutrition, kinesiology, human anatomy and physiology. Assess the responses of the body to exercise, training and performance, then apply these principles by designing fitness programs. Conduct research in the college’s fitness center and the state-of-the-art human performance lab to plan and implement your own original study using a multitude of health and fitness assessments.

Build your resume with two required internships and a Capstone research project, then graduate prepared to work with a variety of populations in personal strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, coaching or health promotion, or pursue an advanced degree in exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, medicine, physician assistant, nutrition, physical therapy or occupational therapy.

"In the human performance lab, I had the opportunity to apply my classroom learning in a clinical setting. This direct interaction with equipment and clinical values helped to solidify my understanding of what I was learning in my courses."

- Madison Hawkins ’12

Colby-Sawyer’s curriculum meets the recommended standards of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which prepares you for certification exams with the ACSM, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Go Further

Faculty advisers help you select prerequisite courses for graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and other health-related professional programs. And, Colby-Sawyer’s affiliation Plymouth State University can launch you directly into a master’s degree program following graduation.

Thinking About Adding a Minor?

This major pairs especially well with the Nutrition & Food Studies minor.