Exercise Science

"There’s no way I could be as successful, and that this business could be as successful, without attaining the skill set I achieved at Lyndon State.”

Adrian Guyer, Class of 2007, Owner of XIP Training Systems

Lyndon’s Exercise Science Department has received recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), which makes it only the 24th out of 400 programs across the nation to have dual-accreditation. Our students go on to become athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists, personal trainers, and health and fitness specialists, and can focus their studies to prepare them for graduate school in those fields.

Exercise Science, B.S.

Concentrations

Strength and Conditioning

Pre-Professional Athletic Training

Pre-Professional Physical Therapy

Self Designed

Required Courses

Excercise Science Core Courses (27 Credits)

Strength and Conditioning Concentration (44 Credits)

*This concentration provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities for eligibility to sit for the following certification examinations:

  1. Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) – American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  2. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) – National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  3. Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) – ACSM or NSCA.

Only 3 credits of XSC 4810 or XSC 4820 may be used to fulfill this concentration.

Pre-Professional Athletic Training Concentration (34 Credits)

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

Pre-Professional Physical Therapy (32 Credits)

*This concentration satisfies most application requirements for advanced graduate study in exercise science, and professional education in allied health, including but not limited to occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physician assistant.  Students in this concentration are best prepared by taking MAT-1020 prior to MAT-2021 (Statistics).

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

Self Designed Concentration (25 Credits)

Only 3 credits of XSC 3810 or XSC 4810 may be used to fulfill this concentration. In addition to the required courses below, choose 18 credits in Exercise Science in consultation with your faculty advisor.

Lyndon’s Exercise Science Department combines fundamental interdisciplinary study in the natural sciences and liberal arts, with extensive laboratory, experiential, and professional learning.

The Exercise Science Department has received recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), which makes it one of very few schools in the nation to be both CAAHEP accredited and NSCA recognized. Lyndon is the only accredited exercise science program in Vermont or New Hampshire.

All our students benefit from small class sizes and the personal attention of a dedicated faculty; Lyndon is a close-knit community of scholars. Students in the department partake in experiential learning on Lyndon’s campus, by way of the College’s fitness center and the department’s new laboratory space. Students and faculty members attend district and national conferences to present papers and network with other students, teachers, and professionals in the field.

Accreditations and Certifications

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Health and Fitness Specialist
  • Program Accreditation

Lyndon’s Exercise Science programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in coordination with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Lyndon is only the 24th institution to receive this distinction out of approximately 400 Exercise Science programs nationally.

For successfully meeting established criteria, the National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognizes Lyndon State College’s Program in Strength and Conditioning.

Careers in Exercise Science

Lyndon State College offers the undergraduate major in exercise science with a number of career opportunities to explore. Careers in exercise science and sports medicine incorporate a comprehensive team of health care professionals trained in a variety of disciplines such as:

  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy
  • Teaching physical education
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports psychology
  • Nutrition