Are you passionate about physical fitness, health, education and other sports-related endeavors? The Exercise Science degree program at Dean College might be the right fit for you.

Program Overview 

Explore the world of sport, fitness and human performance in the Exercise Science major at Dean College.

Dean College offers both an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, combining academics with activity-based classes that will enable you to explore a variety of career possibilities in the field. You’ll study fitness and conditioning, anatomy and physiology, and nutrition, all while focusing on personal conditioning skills. You’ll learn how to assess and develop fitness and human performance, how to test and understand the body, and how psychology plays a key role in understanding both motivation and barriers to exercise. Your courses will emphasize principles and techniques for flexibility, strength, stability and balance – physical abilities that are essential to any fitness or rehabilitation program. The Exercise Science program is also complemented by a solid foundation in the liberal arts, as well as required courses in quantitative reasoning and oral communication.

And you’ll put theory into practice every step of the way. You’ll attend labs, classes and activities, develop your own testing projects and fitness-related programs, and complete an internship to build your skills and give you the practical experience needed to succeed in the field.

Dean College students completing a lab assignment for exercise science

About the Exercise Science Program

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Celebrating Women in Science

Hear from our faculty members about our science programs and what it means to be a woman in science at Dean.

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School of Liberal Arts Faculty

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Exercise Science Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
SFL 111 Introduction to Sport, Fitness and Exercise 3
SFL 170 First Aid and Safety/CPR/AED 3
SFL 174 History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity 3
SFL 185 Personal Training 3
SFL 234 Nutrition and Food Science 3
SFL 260 Fundamentals of Physical Fitness and Conditioning 3
SFL 265 Resistance Training and Programming 3
SFL 371 Exercise Psychology 3
SFL 421 Exercise for Special Populations 3
SFL 434 Sport Nutrition 3
SFL 470 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
SFL 495 Senior Capstone 3
BIO 172 Anatomy and Physiology ll 4
BIO 387 Kinesiology 4
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Course 3
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
Total Credits 56

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 171 Anatomy and Physiology 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
BIO 167 Musculoskeletal Anatomy 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
PSY 336 Exercise Psychology 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 6
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 24
Total Credits 24

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College student in front of Gillette Stadium Real-world experience is key to succeeding in the exercise science field.

You’ll participate in experiential learning opportunities through everything you do, exploring the field and testing your interest in the career paths you might want to pursue. Tour facilities and meet practitioners and athletic trainers with the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Build your skills and your confidence by completing internships at places like the YMCA, Bosse Sports, Franklin Physical Therapy, Valeo FC International Academy, the New England Revolution U-23 Academy and Dean College Athletics.

You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to enjoy a rewarding career as a personal trainer, coach, teacher, rehabilitation specialist and more, or pursue graduate school to become a certified athletic trainer, physician assistant or exercise physiologist. You’ll find Bulldogs hard at work at places like Mass Sport and Spine, OrthoBoston, the Edge Fitness Center, Perkins School for the Blind, collegiate athletics programs and so much more. 

Uniquely Dean

Dean College Exercise Science students hands on learning in class Put your skills to the test through the unique opportunities the Dean College Exercise Science program to offer.
  • Visit local organizations to meet strength and conditioning coaches in weight rooms, trainers in professional and rehabilitation settings, hospitals, the YMCA and more.
  • Practice your skills and work alongside professionals, including Dean College strength and conditioning coaches and our performing arts athletic trainer.
  • Meet with industry professionals from the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Providence Bruins through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management.
  • Learn from industry experts who visit campus to share their experiences and offer advice and counsel.
  • Develop your own training programs and testing projects through capstone courses and collaboration with Dean’s athletic teams.
  • Learn from faculty and staff who are practitioners in their fields. Dean College was ranked #5 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category.


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