Exercise Science

School of Health, Phyiscal 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.

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.

  • 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. 


  • 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
American College of Sports Medicine

ACSM Top Endorsement

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.

93 percent first-time pass rate for ACSM Certification

Stellar ACSM Certification

94% passage rate for first-time test 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 for first-time test takers over the past five years for students seeking certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


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

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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 Catalog

Course Descriptions

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. 

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. Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.

Recent BW exercise science graduates are finding success in graduate school and various careers. 

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.

Colleen BonacciColleen Bonacci ’14 is M.M.S. candidate in the physician assistant program at BW. 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.

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.

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.

Michael StacchiottiMichael Stacchiotti ’14 is graduate assistant and strength and conditioning coach at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Demanding academic course work paired with opportunities to apply learning in real-life settings prepared the Girard, Ohio, native for graduate study and certification.

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
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nick Trubee
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

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