University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Exercise Science BS

Program Contact: Dr. Mark Kelley

Our exercise science major will prepare you to work as a professional in the health and fitness industry. It will also prepare you to be accepted to and succeed in a variety of graduate programs in the health care professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, physician's assistant and medical doctors.

In our program you will learn how to conduct fitness assessments, evaluate risk factors and health behaviors, and develop and implement safe and effective exercise prescriptions. You will receive a strong science base in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise prescription and assessment, and working with special populations.

A degree in exercise science will prepare you for a career in a variety of health care professions, including

  • Fitness centers
  • Corporate wellness centers
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Rehabilitation
  • Wellness coaching
  • Sports performance
  • University recreation facilities


Additional Information:

Please be advised that this program or course of study requires that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.