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Exercise Science, Bachelor

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  • 48 months
Shippensburg, PA, United States
The Exercise Science program offered by Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania prepares students for futures in a variety of related areas. Our students prepare for what’s next for them by spending time in our well-equipped laboratories, compiling and presenting research, and receiving personalized attention from faculty.
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The foundation of exercise science stems from chemistry, physics, math, biology, human anatomy and physiology. A strong background and exposure to all the areas in exercise science prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to maintain or enhance performance. More specifically, exercise scientists examine how the body responds and adapts to physical activity and exercise from physiological, biomechanical, and psychological points of view.

What’s Special About The Exercise Science program offered by Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania?

Small classes of about 20 students mean lots of one-on-one interactions with faculty. This allows you to build close relationships that blossom into strong networks as you move forward as a professional. All major courses are taught by passionate, experienced and engaged faculty members.

Faculty in the Exercise Science Department have published over 25 peer-reviewed articles, and given over 60 presentations in the last five years.

Ship’s facilities are also top notch and you’ll be very active for a great deal of your class time because of them. The Metabolic Analysis Lab and Movement Science Lab are stocked with equipment and instruments for testing many parameters, including power, strength, gait, glucose and cardiorespiratory endurance. We also have the only on-site elementary school in the state, the Grace B. Luhrs Elementary School, which provides opportunities for exercise science students to conduct pediatric exercise testing and programming.

Where Can Exercise Science Get Me?

Following graduation, students in the Human Performance and Fitness Concentration can work in many areas in the health and fitness industries such as:

  • Personal Training
  • Community and Corporate Fitness
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Wellness Coaching

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Group Exercise Instruction
  • Recreational Therapy

Students completing the Allied Health Pre-Professional Concentration are prepared to further their studies and training by applying to graduate school to become a health science or allied health professional in areas such as:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Domestic students: Rolling admissions

    International students deadline: 

    • Fall Semester — no later than April 30
    • Spring Semester – no later than September 30
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mechanical Analysis of Sports Skills
  • Exercise Physiology 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Motor Behavior
  • Nutrition for Sport & Fitness 
  • Psychology of Physical Activity 
  • Cardiac Rehab and Special Populations 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online Undergraduate Application for International Admissions
  • Pay the $45.00 USD application fee
  • Submit a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign secondary school, college, or university work
  • Submit Financial Support Documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    319 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 319 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Shippensburg

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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