Academic Catalog

Exercise Science Major, Clinical Exercise & Wellness Concentration — B.S.

The clinical exercise and wellness concentration provides students with a theoretical understanding of the biomechanical, neuromuscular, physiological, and psychological responses and adaptations to exercise. Through concentration specific courses, electives, fieldworks, and internships, an exercise science degree with a clinical exercise and wellness concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to assess physical function and prescribe exercise for healthy and diseased individuals. This concentration enables graduates to gain employment as exercise specialists for youth, adult, geriatric, and diseased populations, including diabetes and cancer management; exercise technicians; cardiac rehabilitation specialists in hospitals and clinics; personal trainers; corporate wellness specialists; and community fitness and education leaders. Graduates also work as business owners, communication specialists, and successfully enter graduate and professional schools.

Special Academic Status Policy for Clinical Exercise and Wellness Concentration

Students in this concentration are required to:

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50;
  • maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all basic and applied sciences and all specific requirements; and
  • complete each of the required courses and restricted elective courses in the exercise and sport sciences department with a grade of at least C-. Failure to complete each of these courses with at least a C- mandates repeating the course. The Ithaca College policy on repeating courses stated in this catalog must be followed.


General Requirements7-8
Basic and Applied Sciences40
ESS Clinical Exercise and Wellness concentration27-33
Integrative Core Curriculum 125-29
Free electives06-15
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements 

Select one of the following:3-4
Statistics for Business, Economics and Management
Statistics for the Health, Life, and Social Sciences
Statistics in Psychology
Basic Statistical Reasoning
PHYS 10100Introduction to Physics I4
EXSS 12000Anatomy and Physiology I 14
EXSS 12100Anatomy and Physiology II 14
EXSS 12500Foundations of Human Performance and Wellness (Foundations of Human Performance and Wellness)2
EXSS 20200Sport and Exercise Psychology3
EXSS 22000Kinesiology4
EXSS 24600Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3
EXSS 30600Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement4
EXSS 32000Neuromuscular Control3
EXSS 32100Exercise Physiology 14
EXSS 42100Advanced Study in Exercise Physiology3
EXSS 42200Exercise and Rehabilitation Psychology3
HLTH 20200Human Nutrition3
EXSS 17300Fieldwork in Exercise Science I1
EXSS 26200Personal Training3
EXSS 26400Strength and Conditioning Foundations3
EXSS 27200Practicum in Clinical Exercise and Wellness I1
EXSS 37300Fieldwork in Clinical Exercise Science II1
EXSS 37500Research Methods in Exercise and Sport Sciences3
EXSS 38200Practicum in Clinical Exercise and Wellness II1
EXSS 44700Pathophysiology, Limited Capacity and Exercise3
EXSS 46400Cardiopulmonary Assessment for Exercise3
EXSS 46600Administration, Mentoring, and Professional Preparation3
EXSS 46700Practicum in Clinical Exercise and Wellness III1
EXSS 47400Internship: Clinical Exercise and Wellness 26-12
Total Credits76-83