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Exercise Science

Lyndon’s Exercise Science program is one of very few institutions in the country to be both CAAHEP Accredited and NSCA Recognized, and it is the only accredited Exercise Science program in Vermont or New Hampshire.

Why Exercise Science at Lyndon?

National Accreditation/Recognition, Unique Hands-On Experience, with a Small School Feel

  1. National Accreditation and Recognition: Lyndon’s Department of Exercise Science holds national distinction as the 24th institution in the country to receive accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (2009-present) in coordination with the American College of Sports Medicine. The department is also recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Education Recognition Program (2005-present).
  1. Unique Undergraduate Hands-On Experiences: Learn by doing—you can graduate with up to two years of professional work experience in the field by taking advantage of the unique undergraduate opportunities below.
  • Personal Training in the Lyndon fitness facility
  • Strength and Conditioning with NCAA athletes on campus
  • Lyndon Health/Fitness Intervention Program administration (a clinical exercise program for older adults)
  • Design your own research study and collect data in our state of the art Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • Ever expanding internship opportunities
  • Attendance at regional and national conferences
  • Diverse faculty who are active and credentialed in the field
  • All degree concentration areas contain one or more of the following national certification examination preparation courses, embedded in the curriculum:
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)

National certifications provide additional job opportunities and are valued by most graduate school programs—set yourself apart!

  1. Small School Feel and Support for Your Success: The average class size at Lyndon is less than 20 students, and our laboratory sections are composed of 9-12 students. This means we get to know you, and you have an opportunity to ask your questions! We also understand that exercise science is a challenging major and support your success in the following ways:
  • Department tutors are available for the majority of exercise science courses.
  • Department student mentors are available to assist new students in being successful.
  • Department faculty hold open office hours each week.
  • Lyndon provides excellent academic support services.

 

Exercise Science, B.S.

Concentrations

Health and Fitness—Strength and Conditioning

Health and Fitness—Strength and Conditioning: Students prepare for careers involving (but not limited to) personal training, group fitness instruction, strength and conditioning of athletes, health and fitness education, disease prevention and rehabilitation, and fitness facility operation. Students in the health fitness/strength and conditioning concentration also prepare for national certification examinations to include the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP), National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT). In addition, students may choose to apply for graduate study.

Individualized Program of Study

Individualized Program of Study: This unique concentration area is reserved for students seeking advanced study in the field of Exercise Science, such as pre-professional occupational therapy*, pre-professional physician assistant, pre-professional nursing, and pre-professional dietetics. Students pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Lyndon State College and then make application to a graduate program of choice. Students who are accepted into a graduate program pursue an applicable graduate degree and licensure. Students in the individualized program of study concentration also prepare for one or more national certification examinations to include the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP), National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and/or Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT). Students work closely with their faculty advisor to create a proposed individualized program of study, which must be approved via department faculty vote prior to entering this concentration area.

*Doctor of Physical Therapy/Masters of Occupational Therapy Articulation Agreement: The department of exercise science is thrilled to announce our articulation agreement with Methodist University of North Carolina. In this regard, the top two graduating students, as voted by department faculty, in both pre-professional physical therapy and the individualized program of study (pre-professional occupational therapy) will be granted admission to the respective graduate programs at Methodist University (pending meeting all admissions criteria and a successful on-campus interview).

 

Pre-Professional Athletic Training

Pre-Professional Athletic Training: Students pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Lyndon State College and then make application to an athletic training graduate school of choice. Students who are accepted into a graduate program pursue a Master’s degree in approximately 2 additional years of study and are eligible for certification as an Athletic Trainer (ATC). Students in the pre-professional athletic training concentration also prepare for national certification examinations to include the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Pre-Professional Physical Therapy

Pre-Professional Physical Therapy*: Students pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Lyndon State College and then make application to a physical therapy graduate program of choice. Students who are accepted into a graduate program pursue a clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) in approximately 3 additional years of study, and are eligible for licensure as a Physical Therapist. Students in the pre-professional physical therapy concentration also prepare for national certification examinations to include the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP).

*Doctor of Physical Therapy/Masters of Occupational Therapy Articulation Agreement: The department of exercise science is thrilled to announce our articulation agreement with Methodist University of North Carolina. In this regard, the top two graduating students, as voted by department faculty, in both pre-professional physical therapy and the individualized program of study (pre-professional occupational therapy) will be granted admission to the respective graduate programs at Methodist University (pending meeting all admissions criteria and a successful on-campus interview).

 

Required Courses

Exercise Science Core Courses (41 Credits)

Core requirements for all Exercise Science students (Core plus a Concentration)

Minimum required credits for the program: 64-70

Students majoring in Exercise Science are required to take MAT 1020 and MAT 2021 for their Mathematics General Education requirement, and BIO 1212 (preferred) or BIO 1210 for their Category 8 (Scientific and Empirical Reasoning) General Education requirement.

Health/Fitness—Strength and Conditioning Concentration (28-29 Credits)

Only 3 credits of XSC 4810 or XSC 4820 may be used to fulfill this concentration. XSC 4130 must be taken twice for a total of 4 credits.

Individualized Program of Study Concentration (23-25 Credits)

This unique concentration area is reserved for students seeking advanced study in the field of Exercise Science, such as pre-professional occupational therapy, pre-professional physician assistant, pre-professional nursing, and pre-professional dietetics.

*This concentration satisfies most application requirements for advanced graduate study. Some graduate programs require additional pre-requisites.

In addition to the required courses below, complete 18 credits in Exercise Science. Your faculty advisor must approve all course selections. Only 3 credits of XSC 3810 or XSC 4820 may be used to fulfill this concentration.

Notes:
*All students must have current First Aid and CPR certification before enrolling in practicum (XSC-3810, XSC-4130, XSC-4820) and internship (XSC-4810).

*Graduate programs are high competitive and obtaining an applicable undergraduate degree does not guarantee acceptance.

*Exercise Science (XSC) concentration courses can only be transferred from other CAAHEP accredited Exercise Science programs (with matching course descriptions and credit load).

Pre-Professional Athletic Training Concentration (23 Credits)

Exercise Science students in the Pre-Professional Athletic Training concentration are required to take PSY 1010 for their Category 1 (Self and Social Interactions) General Education requirement.

Only 3 credits of XSC 4810 may be used to fulfill this concentration.

Pre-Professional Physical Therapy Concentration (28 Credits)

*This concentration satisfies most application requirements for advanced graduate study in Physical Therapy. Some graduate programs require Pre-calculus and 6 credits of Psychology as pre-requisites.

Exercise Science students in the Pre-Professional Physical Therapy concentration are required to take PSY 1010 or PSY 1050 for their Category 1 (Self and Social Interactions) General Education requirement.

Only 3 credits of XSC 4810 may be used to fulfill this concentration.

Exercise Science Minor

Requirements