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 2019-2020 academic year, the retention rate in the EXS Program was 90% and the graduate satisfaction rate, for the third 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) 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).

EIM on campus logo
CoAES logo
exercise is medicine Silver Campus logo

North Carolina Wesleyan College is one of only 166 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.


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.


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

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

Dr. Daniel Henderson
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Ph.D., Indiana University

Exercise Science Undergraduate Plan*

Fall Semester Credits
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness and Wellness 2
International Studies Requirement 3
MAT 113 College Algebra 3

Spring Semester Credits
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 112 General Chemistry I Lab 1
EXS 190 Introduction to Exercise Science 2
PSY/SOC Social Science Requirement 3
ENG 112 Writing II 3
Elective 3

Fall Semester Credits
EXS 214 Foundations in Wellness and PT 3
BIO 231 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
EXS 235 First Aid and CPR 2
Religious Studies Requirement 3
ENG Literature Requirement 3


Spring Semester Credits
BIO 232 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NTR 300 Nutrition 3
HIS/POL Social Science Requirement 3
ECO/JUS/GEO Social Science Requirement 3

Fall Semester Credits
EXS 315 Nutrition and Human Performance 3
EXS 318 Kinesiology and Biomechanics 3
EXS 324 Exercise Physiology 3
EXS 325 Techniques in Evaluating Fitness 3
EXS 345 Research and Statistics in EXS 3

Spring Semester Credits
EXS 351 Principles of Athletic Training 3
EXS 380 Junior Seminar in Exercise Science 1
EXS 430 Strength and Conditioning 3
EXS 425 Advanced Techniques in Eval. Fitness 3
EXS 305 Health Promotion and Behavior Change 3
ART/ENT/MUS Requirement 3

Fall Semester Credits
EXS 450 Clinical Exercise Physiology I 3
EXS 480 Practicum 3
Ethics Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

Spring Semester Credits
EXS 460 Clinical Exercise Physiology II 3
EXS 481 Internship 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

*This four-year degree plan is a guide and not an actual expectation of courses that students have to take during specific semesters. Each student may have a unique graduation plan based on transfer credit, courses offerings, course load taken, summer course options, intended career/graduate school plans, etc. An advisor will work one-on-one with students to customize a four-year degree plan during a student’s first semester if requested by the student.