Exercise Science Major

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

Exercise Science Major

College of Education and Health Sciences

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Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness

(440) 826-3175, asutterl@bw.edu



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.

  • Paul Szabo '16 interns at Southwest General Lifeworks

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

  • Christian Gaines '16 with Lindsey Steiner '16

    You will also gain competencies for developing strength and conditioning programs for clients and athletes.

  • 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 healthcare industry, provides outstanding internship, clinical and career opportunities.

  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
  • Community program director
  • Group exercise leader
  • Healthcare 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

97% 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.

Department Highlights

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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 (ACSM) 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-allied health/pre-physical therapy and pre-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.

Exercise is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is designed to engage universities and colleges and their students, faculty and staff in ongoing efforts to improve physical fitness, health and wellness across campus and in the community.
The Lifespan Fitness Group has been designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles to the people of the Baldwin Wallace and surrounding communities, through education and evaluation.

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.

Zoe Hopkins photoZoe Hopkins '18 is fitness specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Health and Fitness Center in Columbus, Ohio. Zoe is an ACSM certified personal trainer and teaches group fitness classes specializing in programming specific to Parkinson's disease.

Zane ShussZane Shuss ’15 is athletic trainer and exercise specialist at Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg, Ohio. BW faculty set high standards and continuously encouraged and pushed him, preparing him to meet the varied needs of his clients. Zane is from Port Washington, Ohio.

Colleen Fairhurst photoColleen Fairhurst '14, '16 is physician assistant at Summit Dermatology. A two-time BW graduate, Colleen earned a B.S. in exercise science and M.M.S. in physician assistant studies. The rigorous coursework, supportive faculty and commitment to a high standard helped prepare her for a career in medicine.

Matt HarmonMatthew Harmon ’14 is exercise specialist at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland. The Canfield, Ohio, native holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Cleveland State University. He credits BW professors for instilling in him the work ethic and practical skills to succeed in graduate school and his career. 

Heather SchierHeather Schier ’14 is health and wellbeing coach with NHS Diabetes in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She holds a master's degree in nutrition and dietetics from Saint Louis University. Rigorous academics and opportunities to serve local and global communities prepared her for a career in sustainable nutrition and women's health.

Michael StacchiottiMichael Stacchiotti '14 is head strength and conditioning coach for University of Pittsburgh Panthers Football after finishing a position as assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stacchiotti also holds a graduate degree from Colorado State University and certifications from NSCA and CSCCa. 

Mary CrisafioMary Crisafio '13 is exercise physiologist at the brain aging and cognitive health lab at University of Pittsburgh. She will continue her education as a Ph.D. candidate in human bioenergetics at Colorado State University. BW’s rigorous curriculum, internship and mentoring opportunities prepared her for a career in research.

Eric LehmanEric Lehman ’11 is owner and physical therapist at Lehman Physical Therapy 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 combination that gave the Akron, Ohio, native a competitive edge in graduate school.

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



Full-Time Faculty

Amy Jo Sutterluety
Chair, Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Jaimy M. Dyer
Program Director, M.S. in Exercise Physiology
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Cory Beaumont
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee

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

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

Karyn Gentile
Associate Professor
Assistant Athletic Trainer
M.S., Syracuse University

Wendy Hyde
Assistant Professor
M.Ed., Springfield College

Alexander Morgan
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Sara Schimelpfenig
Administrative Assistant
M.M., Cleveland State University
(440) 826-7473, sschimel@bw.edu