Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology is a program that prepares students for a wide variety of health-related careers that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Fitness and wellness programs; these careers include health and fitness instructor, strength and conditioning instructor, corporate fitness centers, exercise leader, health and fitness program director.
  • Clinical program such as cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation: these careers include exercise specialist or program director usually located in a hospital setting..
  • Exercise physiology research: a B.S. degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology prepares students for graduate degree work in exercise physiology. Careers include: research assistant, research scientist and laboratory technician.
  • Other careers: a B.S. degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology is a stepping stone for other health-related careers such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, or physician assistant to name a few.

The program prepares students to work with numerous symptomatic and asymptomatic populations. Students are prepared to design exercise prescriptions and give specific exercise and nutrition information as it applies to exercise, health and performance. Among the populations included in the coursework are: the normal individual, aged, obese adult and child, cardiac, diabetic, arthritic, hypertensive, pregnant and those suffering from cancer.  The program prepares students for numerous national certifications which exist in the field.  Among them are:

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Our program specifically prepares students to take the American College of Sports Medicine Certification Exams in the Health and Fitness Track the CSCS and/or CPT Exam from the NSCA and NASM-CPT exam. These students go on to numerous fitness positions at corporate centers, hospitals, clinics, strength coaches, or become personal trainers with their own independent business.

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The Kinesiology Club is a professional club, which is open for membership to all students in the Kinesiology Department. Its purpose is to enrich the student’s experience at William Paterson by providing camaraderie, professional programs and social opportunities for its members. There are monthly meetings of the club as well as special events at various times throughout the year.



The ACSM consists of professionals from medicine, basic and applied science, and education and allied health. It is dedicated to using medicine and exercise for healthier living. It is committed to the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise. The ACSM holds a national convention each June and regional conventions throughout the US at other times. For information, write to ACSM, P.O. Box 1440, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1440 or telephone 317-637-9200 or find information at www.acsm.org.


The NSCA consists of exercise physiologists, athletic trainers, elementary and secondary physical education teachers, strength coaches, and personal trainers. It is designed mostly for people who want to be strength coaches or personal trainers. We offer the coursework and the certification examination on the WPU campus annually. Students who qualify become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS). Publications include: Strength and Conditioning Journal, The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and the NSCA Bulletin. Website: www.ncsa-lift.org.