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Exercise and movement science student with faculty in the lab
Kayaking on Lake Champlain
UVM gym
UVM athlete
Kids running
UVM classroom

 Exercise science is the theory and application of exercise science to the health, fitness and disease prevention of diverse populations.

UVM students benefit from early engagement and hands-on experience. The program's laboratory-based coursework introduces students to state-of-the-art technologies, including metabolic cart and fitness testing, body composition technology, and cardiorespiratory outcomes assessment tools.

Major Requirements

View major requirements for the B.S. in Exercise Science in the University of Vermont Catalogue.

Beyond the classroom

Senior Capstone Experience

Senior students complete a culminating capstone experience involving faculty-supervised clinical, research, or community-based experiences that integrate discipline-specific knowledge with clinical skills developed over the course of the program.

Research with Faculty

Faculty research addresses topics ranging from fall risk in multiple sclerosis to pediatric obesity to the impact of exercise on psychological wellbeing. Many faculty invite undergraduate students to assist in their research. Learn more about research facilities >>

Study Abroad

With thoughtful planning and communication with an advisor early in their academic career, exercise science students have studied abroad in Spain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, among other places. Students in the major have also participated in short-term travel study courses.

Specialty Clubs and Organizations

Student organizations such as the Exercise Science Club, UVM Rescue, and many other clubs provide additional opportunities for involvement.

UVM Named "Gold" Exercise is Medicine Campus

The American College of Sports Medicine ranks UVM among the top universities for promoting physical activity.

Graduate employment rate



  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness specialist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Employee wellness director

Where alumni work

  • YMCA
  • Private fitness facilities
  • UVM Medical Center Wellness
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation

Related Information


  • Health Behavior Change
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity Promotion in Children and Youth
  • Health and Society
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Coaching


  • Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Integrative Health

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