Exercise Science Major

BW’s exercise science program includes impressive lab, research and clinical opportunities.

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, fitness and health assessment and exercise prescription.

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 in your senior year synthesizes your studies, builds networking contacts and hones analytical, problem-solving and communication skills.

  • Tyler Shaffer '16 with cardiac rehab patient

    Through your studies, you will learn to conduct fitness testing and implement exercise programs for low- to moderate-risk clients and individuals with controlled diseases. Tyler Shaffer '16 works with a cardiac rehabilitation client. 

  • Paul Szabo '16 interns at Southwest General Lifeworks

    A required internship builds networking contacts and hones analytical, problem-solving and communication skills. Paul Szabo '16 interns at Southwest General Lifeworks. 

  • Christian Gaines '16 with Lindsey Steiner '16

    You will also gain competencies for developing strength and conditioning programs for clients and athletes. Christian Gain '16 coaches Lindsey Steiner '16 on proper exercise techniques. 

  • BW exercise science students attend the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Conference

    Participating in professional organizations enables you to network with experts in your field and distinguish yourself early in your career. BW students attend the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Conference. 


BW's 20-minute accessibility to Cleveland, a nationally recognized center for the health care industry, provides outstanding internship, clinical and career opportunities.

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

CAAHEP Accredited Program

The exercise science major at Baldwin Wallace is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). BW faculty is committed to program quality through alignment to the national standards set forth by CAAHEP which aligns to the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences established to ensure programs develop knowledgeable and skilled practitioners in the field of sports science.

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NSCA Recognition

The exercise science major was recently accepted into the National Strength and Condition Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP). The ERP recognizes curricula that prepares students for NSCA certification and provides benefits such as reduced membership and exam fees. 

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EIM On Campus 

BW is now registered with the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) program. EIM-OC calls upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. Faculty, staff and students will work together toward improving the health and well-being of the BW community.

93 percent first-time pass rate for ACSM Certification

Stellar ACSM Certification

94% passage rate for first-time takers of the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist exam.

93 percent passage rate for first-time test takers over the past five years for students seeking NSCA certification

Excellent NSCA Results

99% passage rate over the past five years for first-time test takers seeking National Strength and Conditioning Association certification. BW is one of five schools selected for the NSCA Recognition Program, which recognizes outstanding curricula that prepares students for NSCA certification exams.

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Offered as a major, exercise science is a comprehensive program that has career application in clinical, 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.

The exercise science major prepares students to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of basic principles of anatomy & physiology as related to exercise, training and general health/wellness
  • Demonstrate mastery of skills related to assessment of fitness, health, human movement and performance
  • Analyze and interpret current scientific literature and evidence to create effective professional presentation of content
  • Apply best practices in developing, prescribing and administering safe and effective exercise or strength and conditioning programs for clients or athletes
  • Effectively communicate content related to the field of fitness, health, human movement and performance in written format
  • Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with discipline and scope of practice
Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

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


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

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.

Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Science Student Organization 
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).


Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Nine out of 10 BW graduates who completed a bachelor's degree in the 2016-17 academic year reported that they were employed or pursuing graduate and/or professional studies within six months of graduation.

Andrew HudsonAndrew Hudson ’15 is personal trainer at Chautauqua Health and Fitness in Ashville, N.Y. As a double major in athletic training and exercise science, he improved his ability to evaluate orthopedic and general medical conditions and enhanced his professionalism in his field. He is from Panama, N.Y.

Zane ShussZane Shuss ’15 is athletic trainer and exercise specialist at Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg, Ohio. He graduated from BW confident in his ability to meet the varied needs of his clients thanks to BW faculty who set high standards and continuously pushed him to achieve excellence. Zane is from Port Washington, Ohio.

Alexandra Ellis Alexandra Ellis ’14 is associate athletic trainer at Baldwin Wallace University. Hands-on experience and opportunities to be mentored by professionals and observe their work with athletes in a variety of sports enabled her to develop a broad skill set. She is from North Royalton, Ohio.

Colleen FairhurstColleen (Bonacci) Fairhurst ’14 is M.M.S. candidate in the BW physician assistant program. Undergraduate exercise science courses combined theoretical study and hands-on experience with patients, providing a strong foundation for graduate study and a career as a physician assistant. Colleen is from Stow, Ohio.

Matt HarmonMatthew Harmon ’14 is pursuing a master’s in exercise physiology and working as assistant in a cardiac step down unit at the Cleveland Clinic. The Canfield, Ohio, native credits BW professors for providing him with hands-on experience and instilling in him the work ethic to succeed in graduate school and his career.

Jordan RosenbergerJordan Rosenberger ’14 is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Cleveland State University. Classroom and clinical experiences sharpened her critical thinking and problem-solving skills and provided her with ample opportunities to apply concepts learned to real-life settings. She is from Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Heather SchierHeather Schier ’14 is a M.S. candidate in the nutrition and dietetics program at Saint Louis University. Rigorous academic standards, opportunities to serve local and global communities, and leadership experiences at BW prepared Heather for a career in sustainable nutrition and women's health. She is from Newton Falls, Ohio.

Michael StacchiottiMichael Stacchiotti ’14 is associate director of football sports performance at the University of Cincinnati. Demanding academic coursework paired with opportunities to apply learning to real-life settings prepared the Girard, Ohio, native for graduate study at Colorado State University and certifications from NSCA and CSCCa. 

Mary CrisafioMary Crisafio ‘13 is exercise physiologist at the Brain Aging & Cognitive Health lab at the University of Pittsburgh. Mary credits BW's rigorous undergraduate curriculum, exceptional internship opportunities and faculty mentoring for her continued success in the research field. She is from Pittsburgh, PA.

Eric LehmanEric Lehman ’11 is physical therapist at Concentra in Pittsburgh. He holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Pittsburgh. BW delivered a focused, practical education within a broad liberal arts framework, a valuable combination that provided him with a competitive edge in graduate school. Eric is from Akron, Ohio.

Stephanie StefanoStephanie Stefano ’11 is doctor of physical therapy at St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio. Small class sizes, individualized attention from BW faculty and extensive internship, volunteer and co-curricular opportunities were hallmarks of her undergraduate career. Stephanie is from Broadview Heights, Ohio.



Amy Jo Sutterluety
Associate Dean, Health and Physical Education
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Cassandra August
Associate Professor
M.S., Kent State University

Kerry A. Bebie
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Charles Campisi
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Tony Dick
Assistant Professor
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University

Jaimy M. Dyer
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Megan Frank
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Karyn Gentile
Program Director for Athletic Training Program
Associate Professor
Assistant Athletic Trainer
M.S., Syracuse University

Erin Sweeney Hutzelman
Assistant Professor
M.Ed., George Mason University 

Wendy Hyde
Assistant Professor
M.Ed., Springfield College

Jesse Jones
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James Mattern
Assistant Professor
M.S., Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Dale Sheptak
Associate Professor
D.S.Sc., University of Leicester

Elizabeth Walters
Assistant Professor
M.S., Springfield College