Frequently Asked Questions

Ensuring Program Success

Is it possible to hold a part-time job and still perform well in the program?

Our priority is to provide you with the highest quality academic experience, and this includes a range of activities and offerings both in and out of the classroom. To take full advantage of these opportunities and to do well with the rigorous curriculum, it may be challenging to balance a part-time job.  However, many students do work part-time so it is possible. What works for someone else may not work for you. Know your limits and manage your time wisely.

Internships, Careers, and Additional Degrees

How do I find an internship site?

The 12-credit internship is completed in the spring semester of your senior year. We have more than 200 affiliated sites across the country (including Arizona, Colorado and California). You’ll work with our clinical education director to secure a site in the fall semester of your senior year but it is never too early to begin screening sites. You may choose an internship with a non-affiliated site, but we will need to process an affiliation agreement first. This can take up to several months and should be started in the spring or summer preceding your senior year.

What can I do with an Exercise Science degree?

The field of exercise science is broad, allowing students multiple potential career avenues to explore.   Here are some of the types of jobs and areas that UB alumni have found employment:

Sports or Athletic Performance

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist

Corporate or Community Health and Fitness

  • Fitness Program Director
  • Health Coach
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Exercise or Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer

Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities or Universities

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Fitness Director or Coordinator

The exercise science degree is excellent preparation for entry into a graduate or professional healthcare degree programs, such as:

  • Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician’s assistant