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

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

Program Overview

The Exercise Science program offers an exciting blend of coursework to challenge sports enthusiasts across a multitude of disciplines. The Exercise Science program combines academics with activity-based classes that will enable you to explore a variety of career possibilities in the field. 

Coursework will include fitness and conditioning, anatomy and physiology, and nutrition, all while focusing on personal conditioning skills. These courses emphasize principles and techniques for flexibility, strength, stability and balance – physical abilities that are essential to any fitness or rehabilitation program. Also central to the Exercise Science program is a foundation in liberal arts-based courses in English, history and social sciences, as well as a required course in quantitative reasoning and oral communication. 

Beyond the Classroom

At Dean College, some of the most important learning experiences happen outside the classroom. Every exercise science student has the opportunity to complete a for-credit internship. Internship sites include Dean College's athletic department or Dean’s Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management (a partnership with Kraft Sports + Entertainment, which owns the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium). This internship will give you an invaluable, real-world perspective on your future career. 

You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue graduate study or to enjoy a rewarding career as a certified athletic trainer, teacher, personal trainer, coach, rehabilitation specialist and more.

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Exercise Science program best of breed? 

  • Practice your skills in a real-world environment.
  • Work alongside professionals, including Dean College strength and conditioning coaches.
  • Meet with industry professionals from The New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Pawtucket Red Sox and Providence Bruins. 
  • Learn from industry experts who visit campus to share their experiences and offer advice and counsel. 

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree*
  • Associate Degree

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor's Degree program.

Exercise Science Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
SFL 111 Introduction to Sport, Fitness and Exercise 3
SFL 174 History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity 3
SFL 170 First Aid & Safety/CPR/AED 3
SFL 185 Fitness Introduction: Theory and Practice 3
SFL 234 Nutrition and Food Science 3
SFL 260 Fundamentals of Physical Fitness & Conditioning 3
PSY 336 Exercise Psychology 3
SFL 371 Exercise Physiology 4
SFL 421 Exercise for Special Populations 3
SFL 434 Sport Nutrition 3
SFL 470 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
BIO 172 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 387 Kinesiology 4
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 2
SFL 450 Senior Seminar 3
SFL 495 Senior Capstone 3
Total Credits 51

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 171 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
ENG 320 Advanced Essay Writing 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 43

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Open Electives 27
Total Credits 27

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19