The Exercise Science concentration prepares students to serve as leaders of fitness, health and conditioning programs in corporate, commercial, university and clinical settings that provide exercise programming for apparently healthy individuals and those with chronic disease. Career paths include exercise physiologist, corporate fitness director, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist and wellness director. Additionally, the exercise science concentration prepares students for graduate study in exercise science or athletic training and offers an excellent option for those students who want to obtain the pre-requisites for post-graduate study in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all HPEX courses and Electives. Students cannot use more than one HPEX course (3 credits) from the Health Science Core as an elective. All students must attempt a department-approved national certification examination prior to graduation.
See the VCU Bulletin for the most complete description of course requirements: Program of study: Concentration in Exercise Science
The Exercise Science concentration is recognized by the NSCA as a program with an emphasis in strength and conditioning (click to learn more about the NSCA’s Education Recognition Program).
The Health Science concentration is designed for students who wish to enter a healthcare related field (that does not require licensure, certification or registry status) such as corporate wellness, human services, non-profit health promotion, and medical and pharmaceutical sales. Graduates holding a degree in Health Science may also be qualified to enter either graduate or professional health science programs, such as public health, health education and promotion, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology, radiation safety, clinical lab science, and healthcare administration. A minimum grade of C is required in all HPEX Core, Health Science Core, Clinical Experiences, and Elective courses. Students cannot use more than one HPEX course (3 credits) from the Exercise Science Core as an elective.
See the VCU Bulletin for the most up to date description of course requirements: Program of study: Concentration in Health Science