Exercise Science

Overview & Academics

The EXERCISE SCIENCE program at NCWC is only one of three programs in the state and one of only 64 in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). In the most recent program outcome measure for the 2020-2021 academic year, the retention rate in the EXS Program was 86% and the graduate satisfaction rate, for the fourth year in a row was 100%. With the help of the Health and Movement Science Club, NCWC is recognized as an Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Silver campus.

The EXERCISE SCIENCE program is designed to prepare students to enter a multitude of health-related careers. Students in the Exercise Science Program will be trained to work with a variety of individuals in the population including healthy adults, older individuals, those with chronic diseases and others. Students will develop a sound science background and communication and writing skills necessary to apply their knowledge to develop appropriate exercise prescription and practical hands-on situations. The program also prepares students who are interested in post-graduate study in Exercise Science, and serves as an option for students completing prerequisites for admission into a variety of professional programs.

The program in EXERCISE SCIENCE provides students with experiences which will prepare them to pursue certifications as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Career Options:

  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Corporate Fitness/Wellness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

An Exercise Science degree may be used as a stepping stone for graduate education in the pursuit of the following occupations:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Medical Doctor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant

Major Requirements:
BIO 231 and 232
CHM 111, 112
NTR 300
MAT 113
EXS 190, 214, 235, 305, 315, 318, 324, 325, 345, 351, 380, 430, 425, 450, 460, 480, 481

Minor Requirements:
No minor available.

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North Carolina Wesleyan College is one of only 153 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine® initiative for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Campus-wide initiatives focused on physical activity and health at the College helped Wesleyan earn silver level designation from the Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) program.


Slippery Rock University Articulation Agreement

The NC Wesleyan Exercise Science Program has partnered with Slippery Rock University to offer options that will allow our students the opportunity to transition seamlessly into the Master of Science in Athletic Training program at SRU. This athletic training program provides rigorous academic curricula and a superior hands-on, patient-centered clinical experience. Read entire article – Master of Science in Athletic Training at SRU-An Articulation Agreement.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Complete your Exercise Science degree at NCWC and pursue a graduate degree in athletic training, physical therapy and/or occupational therapy.
Get the information you need to know including requirements and prerequisites before applying to any graduate program.

Exercise Science Faculty

Dr. Meir Magal, FACSM
Professor of Exercise Science
Exercise Science Program Director
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Shannon Crowley
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Dr. Alex Ehlert
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
North Carolina Wesleyan College