James Madison University

Program Description

The undergraduate program in Exercise Science prepares students to pursue careers in the fitness industry as well as graduate education in exercise science, pre-professional or an allied health field.  Graduates acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to enroll in the Health Fitness Instructor certification program sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine. 


Classes include basic science courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Physics), exercise science courses (Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics), and applied courses (Theories and Practices of Weight Management, Exercise Testing and Prescription).  This is not a comprehensive list of required courses.  Many of the courses include a laboratory component

Practical Experiences:

All students are required to complete two practical experiences, one practicum and one internship, during their program of study.   These experiences can be from any area that is related to exercise science; allowing students the opportunity to determine their future area(s) of interest.


The Exercise Science faculty are very accomplished in production of peer-reviewed research and the program places a premium on including undergraduate students in the research projects.  Level of involvement can range from a volunteer to performing an Honor’s Thesis under the direction of the faculty.