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Help others become their strongest and healthiest selves. The exercise science program at UWF prepares you for a career in clinical healthcare, the fitness industry or graduate studies in the health sciences. You will gain hands-on experience in a clinical or training setting and you will learn how exercise improves physical and mental health.

Why Exercise Science at UWF?

Our exercise science program prepares you for a career in clinical healthcare or the fitness industry. It is also excellent preparation for medical school or graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, biomedical research, and college level strength and conditioning coach.

Our program is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association education recognition program and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. 

With a small student-to-faculty ratio, you will work closely alongside faculty members who have extensive academic and practical experience.

What You Will Learn

You will be immersed in hands-on training in physiology, anatomy, the biomechanics of movement, and clinical exercise testing and prescription using our state of the art laboratories. You will begin to understand the ways in which exercise is not only tied to athletic performance, but also physical and psychological health.

Your senior capstone internship will give you 360 hours of on-the-job experience in a real clinical or training setting. Exercise science majors have completed their capstones at cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, occupational and physical therapy practices, and strength and conditioning facilities.

Careers & Outcomes

Our understanding of the importance of exercise continues to grow, and so does the demand for trained exercise science professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, jobs like exercise physiologist and fitness instructors, are expected to grow much faster than average over the next decade. Below are common job titles for our exercise science graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles


  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Personal Fitness Instructor
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Biomechanist
  • Gerokinesiologist

Employers


  • Sacred Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Baptist Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • The Seven Project
  • MOVE Period Strength and Conditioning

Program Details

As a senior, you will complete a 360-hour capstone project. You will intern in a real world health or fitness setting of your choosing, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Sometimes, these internships even lead to employment after graduation. In the past, exercise science majors have completed capstones at:

  • MOVE period
  • Baptist cardiac rehabilitation
  • IHMC
  • Sacred Heart cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • EXXOS

Upon graduation, you may choose to become certified as an exercise physiologist or strength and conditioning specialist. Our exercise science students have a 100% passing rate on certifications exams such as the ACSM EP-C and NSCA CSCS.

The University of West Florida undergraduate exercise science program is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association education recognition program and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Exercises. The undergraduate exercise science program was awarded initial accreditation effective July 13, 2017, through July 31, 2022.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits the University of West Florida’s undergraduate Exercise Science Program, upon the recommendation of the committee for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). This curriculum covers the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist.

Exercise Science Advisory Council

The University of West Florida’s undergraduate and graduate Exercise science programs are recognized by the Education Recognition Program (ERP), which aligns with the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) educational guidelines.

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Exercise Science program.

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