Exercise Science

School of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences
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Prepare for a career that is in-demand, wellness-focused and versatile. Exercise science is a dynamic major that centers on exercise design, fitness management, and strength and conditioning.

It combines practical experiences, theoretical study and rigorous coursework in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and fitness and health assessment.

The program provides outstanding career and graduate school preparation. BW is one of only five schools in Ohio to receive an endorsement by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for its major in exercise science. This endorsement is considered the gold standard in the field.

Real-world focused, the major helps you develop the interpersonal and professional skills needed for client interaction, fitness assessment and evaluation of client needs, and integration of this information into a rehabilitation or exercise program.

Hands-on learning is integral to the program. You'll benefit from impressive lab and research opportunities, diverse clinical visits, community outreach initiatives and more.

A required internship synthesizes your studies, builds networking contacts and hones analytical, problem-solving and communication skills.

Impressive Certification Exam Results
Baldwin Wallace's student passage rate for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist exam was 93 percent for first-time test takers. For students seeking certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a certified strength and conditioning specialist, the exam passage rate has been 99 percent for first-time test takers over the past five years.

Access to Cleveland's Health Care Hub
BW's 20-minute accessibility to Cleveland and its expansive offering of hospitals, corporations, clinics, sports medicine facilities and public health organizations provides outstanding opportunities for internships, clinical experiences and career placement.

Career Opportunities

  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
  • Community program director
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Health care consultant
  • Health educator
  • Personal trainer
  • Recreation and sports director
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Group exercise leader
  • Medically-based fitness center manager


Offered as a major, exercise science is a comprehensive program that has career application in medical, corporate, community and commercial settings.

Through your studies, you'll learn to conduct fitness testing and implement exercise programs for low- to moderate-risk clients and individuals with controlled diseases. You'll also gain competencies for developing strength and conditioning programs for clients and athletes.

Upon graduation, students are strongly encouraged to seek professional certification through the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association to enhance their opportunities for employment.

Some students further their education by attending graduate school for allied health professions.

Exercise science is an ideal companion major to pre-physical therapy and athletic training.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are hallmarks of the program.

As part of your studies, you'll work on an independent or team-based research project. The research can range from development of sports-specific techniques for athletes to focusing on ways to encourage individuals to adhere to an exercise program.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities.

Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Science
The Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Science Student Organization is a student-led group. It provides students with educational opportunities to develop skills, enhance their knowledge of these professions and learn about the requirements for graduate and professional programs.

At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include:

  • Bonnie Raye Graduate Scholarship (in honor Bonnie Raye, who taught at BW and was the women's basketball coach, 1980-89).
  • Dr. Lee J. Tressel Scholarship (in honor of Dr. Lee Tressel '48, who taught and was BW's football coach, 1957-80).
  • Hower-Stover Award (in honor of Dr. Marjorie Hower, who was a professor at BW, 1947-80, and Myrta Stover, who coached and taught at BW, 1943-68).


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Recent BW Exercise Science majors are finding their success at:

Matthew Harmon ’14, pre-physical therapy and exercise science major, is pursuing his master’s degree in exercise physiology with an anticipated graduation of 2016. Matthew is also working at the Cleveland Clinic as an assistant on a cardiac step down unit. A native of Canfield, Ohio (Canfield High School), Matthew credits his professors at BW for providing him with the hands-on experience and for developing his work ethic that will allow him to excel in graduate school and eventually in his career. His goal is to work at the Cleveland Clinic in cardiac rehab.
Adam Brown '12, exercise science, is the strength and conditioning coach for the Helena Brewers (Helena, Montana), a minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kenneth DePolo '12, exercise science and pre-physical therapy, was recently accepted to a Master of Biomedical Sciences program and plans to attend dental school.
Jennifer Emery '13, exercise science and pre-physical therapy, is at Chatham University (DPT Program).
Deanna Graber '12, exercise science and athletic training, is pursuing her master's degree at Cleveland State University (Cleveland Clinic Graduate Assistant). She is also the athletic trainer for Brunswick High School and the Independence Community Center.
Mallory Kobak '11, exercise science and athletic training, is at the University of Akron in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program.
Eric Lehman '11, exercise science and pre-physical therapy, is at the University of Pittsburgh (DPT Program). He received the "Outstanding Student in Orthopedics" Award given by the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Ryan Musille '11, exercise science, is at Florida Atlantic University (Master of Science in Exercise Physiology) and is a sports performance specialist with Impact Sports Performance.
Erin O'Donnell '13, exercise science and Pre-Physical Therapy, is attending Baldwin Wallace University for its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.
Casey Passen '11, exercise science and pre-physical therapy, is at Ohio University (DPT Program).
Kyle Rockwell '11, exercise science and pre-physical therapy, is at Youngstown State University (DPT Program).
Karianne Sifferlin '13, exercise science, is a JV Volleyball coach at Bexley High School (Columbus).
Whitney Snyder '11, exercise science and athletic training, is an athletic trainer at the University of Mount Union.
Brent Steyns '13, exercise science and pre-physical therapy, is at Walsh University (DPT program).
Zachary Szablewski '12, exercise science and pre-physical therapy, is at University of St. Augustine, Austin (DPT program).
Matthew Whalen '12, exercise science, is at The Ohio State University (DPT program).


Dr. Amy Jo Sutterluety
Prof. Cassandra August
Dr. Kerry A. Bebie
Dr. Charles Campisi
Dr. Jaimy M. Dyer
Dr. Jessica Emlich Jochum
Dr. Jesse Jones
Prof. Karyn Gentile
Dr. Alvy Styles
Dr. Megan Williamson