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Exercise Science

A degree in Exercise Science will prepare students to enter a multitude of health-related careers. These include cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, corporate fitness/wellness, personal training and strength and conditioning. The preparation received will enable our graduates to work with a variety of populations, including children, youth, young adults, older adults and performance athletes.

Graduates of the program will have developed a sound science background with communication and writing skills necessary to apply the knowledge to practical hands-on situations. The program also prepares students who are interested in post-graduate study in Exercise Sciences and serves as an option for students interested in completing the prerequisites for admission into a variety of professional programs.

The program is designed to give students experiences which will prepare them to pursue certifications as a Certified Health/Fitness Specialistsm (HFS) offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Career Opportunities for Exercise Science majors:

  • Group exercise instructor
  • Biomechanics
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist
  • Dietitian and sport nutritionist
  • Employee fitness director
  • Exercise scientist
  • Worksite Health Promotion coordinator
  • Occupational physiologist
  • Personal trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach

An exercise science degree may be used as stepping stone for graduate education in the pursuit of the following occupations:

  • Medical doctor
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Researcher

Recent graduates from the Exercise Science program:

  • Nate Hackney (Football, Class of 2008) earned his master’s degree in Exercise and Fitness at the University of North Carolina – Pembroke and currently works as a strength and conditioning coach for Virginia State University.
  • Josh Dunigan (Football, Class of 2008), earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UNC Chapel Hill and currently works as a physical therapist at Pinehurst Surgical Clinic.
  • Brian Binkley (Football, Class of 2008) earned his master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University, and has been strength and conditioning coach for both the University of Tennessee and Webber International University.
  • Dani Abbey (Softball, Class of 2012) is pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
  • Rebekkah Cain (Class of 2013) works as recreational therapist in Oklahoma City, OK.

Exercise Science Faculty Contacts:

Meir Magal, PhD, FACSM
Exercise Science Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
University of Southern Mississippi

(252) 985-5171

Shannon Crowley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
University of South Carolina  
(252) 985-5243