Exercise science is the study of how the body responds to physical activity. This transfer-oriented, two-year associate degree is designed for students interested in beginning their educational path toward a bachelor's degree in athletic training, exercise science/nutrition, kinesiology, sports medicine or occupational therapy. You'll study the relationship between exercise and human performance, as well as the role of physical activity in the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

This is primarily a transfer-oriented program, aimed at providing the first two years of a bachelor's degree in the fields mentioned above. The department has strong relationships with other SUNY four-year colleges and universities who offer exercise science programs, such as SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport. Graduates of four-year programs in Exercise Science are prepared for entry- to mid-level jobs in the fitness industry, such as training, strength coaching, managerial, directorial and corporate wellness roles.

Program Highlights

  • Online Learning
    More than 50 percent of the coursework can be completed in an online format.
  • One-of-a-Kind Program
    This is the only program of its kind in the Capital Region. The program is designed to provide an effective blend of classroom instruction and practical experience.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
    You will have the opportunity to study in our exercise physiology lab, and the college's Science Center provides a state-of-the-art facility for the study of chemistry, biology and nutrition.
  • Certifications
    This program will prepare you to take certification exams from a variety of nationally recognized fitness associations.

The degree program is offered through the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department.

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Exercise Science Alumni Jacob Carroll and Adam Fox
“Our goal was to just try to make health and fitness more accessible to people. And when we started out, we weren’t thinking of this as a business.”

Explore Related Careers

NOTE: Additional educational requirements and/or certifications may be needed for some careers.

Student in graduation attire in the classroom
The Center for Careers and Transfer provides career resources and services and help in identifying your skills and interests and how they connect to career possibilities. Transfer counseling services are also available and a list of transfer agreements are posted.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Colleen Ferris
McDonough Sports Complex, Room 219

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223