Exercise Science professionals are knowledgeable in a wide variety of areas, including, but not limited to: exercise physiology, health & fitness assessment, strength & conditioning, biomechanics, sports nutrition, and sports psychology. As members of the health care community, Exercise Science specialists are dedicated to health enhancement and are responsible for the development and coordination of exercise programs as well as the training and education of patients and clients. Using exercise as a preventative and/or rehabilitative tool, jobs in Exercise Science include activities in athletic, community, hospital, clinic, fitness center, and academic settings.
The Exercise Science program at Lasell College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for quality of undergraduate student preparation for entry into the Exercise Sciences profession. Moreover, Lasell College’s Exercise Science program is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for strength and conditioning education. Therefore, successful completion of the Exercise Science program will prepare students to sit for certification examinations offered by the ACSM & NSCA.
Upon successful completion of the Exercise Science Program, graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the Athletic Training and Exercise Science Department.
Admissions & Standards
In order to be admitted initially into the Exercise Science major, students need to have completed the following coursework with grades of C or better: two years of high school math (preferably algebra and geometry) and one year of lab science (preferably biology). Students may substitute a year of college algebra and biology with grades of C or better in place of the high school coursework.
Students with associate degrees in allied health can enter the Exercise Science program and complete their degree in two years.
Transfer applicants may be accepted into the Exercise Science at Lasell College based upon their previous record of academic performance. Transfer students will only be considered on a space-available basis, as admission is competitive in nature, and need to be aware of the possibility of additional time beyond eight academic semesters of college work in order to complete all of the program requirements due to the sequencing of courses and their prerequisites.
Coursework for a degree in Exercise Science focuses on the study of the cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, human metabolism, and behavioral sciences. Concepts, theories and practices learned in the classroom and the clinic are reinforced in our exercise physiology laboratory and course associated laboratory curriculum. Senior students also participate in a capstone course and two clinical practicum/internship experiences that offer students the opportunity to specialize in areas of interest through guided independent research and off-campus practicum. These Connected Learning experiences enrich the degree in Exercise Science and allow students to apply their knowledge to real work settings in hospitals, clinics, and research centers. Lasell’s affiliation with nationally recognized institutions in the Boston area provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience while working with leaders in the field and networking for future jobs in Exercise Science.
Exercise Science Major Curriculum
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||Introduction to Allied Health & Sports Studies||1|
||Professional Interactions and Ethics AI (ME)/AI(MC)||3|
||Lifestyles and Human Behavior||3|
|AT 103||Techniques of Emergency Care||3|
||Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries||3|
||Strength Training & Conditioning||3|
||Introduction to Personal Training||3|
||Sports Science Seminar||1|
||Exercise for Special Populations||3|
||Organization and Administration of Exercise Programs||3|
|SPSC 410||Clinical Practicum I||3|
|SPSC 420||Clinical Practicum II||6|
|SPSC 430||Sports Science Capstone||3|
Choose two SMGT electives
|BIO 205 & BIO 205L
||Anatomy and Physiology I AI(S)||4|
|BIO 206 & BIO 206L
||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|MATH 208||Introduction to Statistics AI(Q)***||3|
|PHYS 111 & PHYS 11 1L||Physics I||4|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology AI(PS)||3|
|PSYC 240||Sport Psychology||3|
|SCI 340||Research Methods||3|
Choose one of the following three
|PSYC 221||Developmental Psychology — Child||3|
|PSYC 225||Psychology of Adjustment||3|
|PSYC 223||Developmental Psychology —Adolescence||3|
Minimum credits required for graduation - 120
General Education Core Requirements and remaining Unrestricted Electives**
* In order to qualify for Clinical Education, students must obtain certificates in First Aid/ CPR. Students will receive training in the prevention of transmission of bloodborne pathogens prior to clinical affiliations. Some clinical sites may require a CORI check of students.
** Courses marked with an AI code fulfill Area of Inquiry requirements in the General Education Core. See page 16 for all General Education Core requirements as well as the key for Area of Inquiry (AI) codes.
*** May require prior coursework depending upon Math placement.
**** Courses marked with a WI code are writing intensive courses within the program.