Program Description


Exercise science is the study of human movement. This field examines how physical activity, exercise, sport, and rehabilitation can help improve people’s lives.

Why Choose Exercise Science?

Exercise is as necessary to your physical well-being as it is to your mental health. In fact, studies show the two go hand-in-hand. Geared towards students with interests in science, biology, and health, the exercise science program at Manhattan is designed to not only educate you on this partnership, but to spread that message as leaders in:

  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • sport
  • rehabilitation
  • wellness


Being a certified professional is important in this field, and your coursework in the exercise science program will help you earn the certification you need. Classes you take contribute to the requirements for two types of certification:

  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the world's leading organization for athletic conditioning coaches and personal training professionals.

Real World Experience

As an exercise science major, you will complete a 120-hour internship at a professional site. You will be able to match your internship with your interests and career goals to receive valuable hands-on training before you graduate. Internships are available with a variety of exercise science professionals who are:

  • physical therapists
  • occupational therapists
  • certified strength and conditioning coaches
  • sport performance coaches
  • exercise leaders
  • physician assistants
  • cardio-pulmonary specialists
  • nutritionists

About Manhattan College

Manhattan College was founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order started by Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The Lasallian mission drives our focus on quality education for all and service to our neighbors in need. Our picturesque campus is located in The Bronx, a 35-minute subway ride from the heart of Manhattan. Manhattan College offers more than 100 programs in six distinct schools — a complexity not usually found in an institution with only 4,000 students.