Program Description


The exercise science major prepares students for professional practice in a variety of fields including exercise physiology, exercise and fitness training, hospital-based and corporate wellness programming, and sports medicine, as well as preparation for graduate study in physical therapy, medicine, and other health science programs.

Exercise science, as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine, is the study of movement and the associated functional responses and adaptations. The field of exercise science ranges from the study of how organ systems function at the cellular level, to enhancing the biomechanical efficiency of the individual. The benefits of exercise have been medically recognized and accepted for its role in preventive medicine and in the rehabilitative process of health and well being. Professionals in exercise science are prepared to examine, evaluate, prescribe, and manage health and fitness of healthy people across the life span, as well as promote healthy lifestyles and prevention programs for individuals and communities.

About Chatham University

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability; health & lab sciences; business & communication; and the arts & humanities. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of '29), and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating Systemâ„¢ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."