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
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
The Manhattan College campus and our local community provide numerous opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom, including:
Manhattan College Games: Each spring, the Kinesiology Department and its honor society, Phi Epsilon Kappa, host a day of physical activities for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center: Students can get involved with providing recreational programming for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Manhattan College Fitness Center: The campus fitness center provides work-study opportunities reserved for physical education students working as fitness attendants and personal trainers in the JasperFit program.