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The Exercise Science program at UVM provides hands-on experience and early engagement in campus- and community-based settings that will prepare you for professional practice in health and fitness, performance, and prevention and rehabilitation of injuries in individuals across the lifespan and health continuum.

As a graduate of UVM’s Exercise Science program, you will be prepared for careers in sport and fitness centers, employee wellness programs, community rehabilitation clinics, and other health-related positions.

Why Choose UVM?

Laboratory-based coursework. UVM provides experience with state-of-the-art body composition technology, metabolic cart and fitness testing, and cardiorespiratory outcomes assessment tools.

Hands-on practice. You will apply new skills in UVM’s Human Performance Center and Adapted Physical Activity labs.

Professional experience. UVM’s affiliations with UVM Medical Center, Burlington YMCA, VASTA Physical Therapy and Performance, Special Olympics and many other community settings provide opportunities for observation, knowledge application, and important professional skill practice.

Strong foundation for graduate study. Students often pursue advanced study in a variety of health professions including physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractics, public health, and clinical exercise physiology.

What You Will Learn

As a student in UVM’s Exercise Science program, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and application of exercise to health, fitness, and the prevention of disease. The Exercise Science degree requires:

  • 43 credits of core coursework
  • 15 credits of general education coursework
  • 16 credits of foundational sciences (biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology)
  • Related coursework in nutrition, public health and health promotion, professional seminars
  • Optional minor or certificate

View a model curriculum in Exercise Science >>


The Exercise Science program aims to prepare competent entry-level Exercise Science professionals in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students will be exposed to theoretical approaches and applied skills using current evidence-based science to appraise risk, assess physiological function, and develop exercise prescription for a variety of populations.

Upon completion of the B.S. degree, students will be able to:

  • Understand physiological impact of physical activity on the human body.
  • Evaluate physiological function and structure by conducting health and fitness assessments or measures.
  • Integrate and apply exercise science principles in the implementation of preventative and prescriptive exercise and performance enhancing interventions for all individuals, including those with disability and chronic disease.
  • Provide effective and individualized exercise counseling and behavioral strategies to support the adoption of- and adherence to health-promoting physical activity and exercise.
  • Understand the science of movement control and biomechanics related to human motion.
  • Understand the nutritional requirements and influences associated with physical activity and exercise and demonstrate competency in nutritional education.
  • Critically examine and appraise current evidence-based exercise research and effectively communicate evidence-based information to various constituent groups.

Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

UVM is home to state-of-the-art facilities, featuring human motion analysis and performance labs where you can learn to apply skills gained in the classroom.

UVM Exercise Science facilities include:

  • Human Performance Center
  • Human Motion Analysis Lab
  • Adapted Physical Activity Lab
  • Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis Research Lab

Learn more about UVM Exercise Science facilities >>

Meet our Exercise Science Faculty

As a student in UVM’s Exercise Science program, you will have opportunities to develop personal connections with professors who are professionals in the field. Many of the faculty invite students to assist in their research.

Meet UVM’s Exercise Science program faculty >>

Senior Capstone Experience

Senior students complete a capstone involving faculty-supervised clinical, research, or community-based experiences that integrate knowledge and clinical skills. Capstone internships have included:

  • UVM Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • VASTA Strength and Conditioning
  • UVM Athletic Performance
  • Kids RehabGym
  • Long Trail Physical Therapy
  • Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

Further Opportunities

The Exercise Science Club led the effort to achieve UVM’s status as a "Gold" Exercise is Medicine Campus by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and offers opportunities to conduct fitness assessments for campus and community members, attend the New England ACSM Conference, and create connections across the different cohorts of Exercise Science majors.

Meet Lauren Lamberton '20 and Gabriel Purin '20

Lauren Lamberton ’20 and Gabriel Purin ‘20At Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., Lamberton and Purin manage an exercise center for people paralyzed by spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Graduate employment rate



  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness specialist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Wellness director

Where alumni work

  • The New York Rangers (NHL)
  • U.S. Paralympic Ski Program
  • Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
  • VASTA Performance
  • Burlington YMCA
  • Greater Burlington YMCA
  • Signa
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • The RehabGym
  • The Edge Sport and Fitness
  • Chiropractic Solutions
  • Bolton Valley Resort
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Sommers Chiropractic
  • Premier Fitness Solutions
  • Bridger Ski Foundation
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Dee Physical Therapy
  • Hackensack UMC Fitness and Wellness
  • Fitness Together
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Midcoast Senior Health Center
  • Valley Orthopedic Specialists

Graduate Schools

  • University of Vermont
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Emory University
  • Duke
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Columbia
  • University of New England

Related Information


The University of Vermont’s Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is a sponsoring organization of the CoAES. The American College of Sports Medicine is considered the most prestigious and influential governing body in the field of Exercise Science. Starting in 2027, students will be required to graduate from a CAAHEP Accredited Exercise Science program to be eligible for advanced ACSM national certifications in Exercise Science.

Students earning their degree from an accredited exercise science program can be assured that they receive a comprehensive education that facilitates their preparation for employment in the health, fitness, and exercise industry. To maintain accreditation, programs must demonstrate annually their commitment to the established quality standards and guidelines.