Concentrations and Combined Programs

Personalize your degree by choosing from four concentrations and four combined degree program options.

Concentrations

Combined Programs

Exercise Science BS Concentrations

All students in the Exercise Science BS program must select a concentration.

Pre-Physical Therapy

To be eligible to apply to the UB DPT program, you must:

Complete the first three years of the Exercise Science program–Pre-Physical Therapy concentration

You can apply to the DPT program in your junior or senior year of the Exercise Science program.

Undergraduate Exercise Science majors who are members of the University Honors College are guaranteed acceptance to the Doctorate Physical Therapy program as long as they maintain eligibility to be in good standing with the Honors College and meet the necessary admissions requirements for the DPT program, including minimum GRE scores and prerequisite GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students in the Honors College must apply to the DPT program and submit their completed application by the stated deadline.

DPT admissions requirements and deadlines

All students in the Pre-Physical Therapy track must maintain an overall UB GPA of ≥ 2.0 and a major GPA of ≥ 2.0 to remain in good standing in the ES program.

Pre-Health Professions

This concentration offers you the flexibility to take requirements for applying to other health professions programs. The concentration is suitable if you are looking for a scientific understanding of how exercise affects the body and disease processes while also taking prerequisites for health professional programs.

Career Pathways: Medical doctor (MD), osteopathic medicine (DO), dental medicine, physician assistant, chiropractic.

All students in the Pre-Health, Applied Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion tracks must maintain an overall UB GPA of ≥ 2.0 and a major GPA of ≥ 2.0 to remain in good standing in the ES program.

Applied Exercise Physiology

This concentration offers a deeper understanding an skills set in prescription and instruction of exercise, such as strength and conditioning and clinical exercise physiology. The concentration is suitable if you plan to pursue a career as a strength and conditioning specialist or exercise physiologist working with a spectrum of people ranging from those with chronic conditions and disease to professional athletes.

Career Pathways: Clinical exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, performance enhancement specialist, director of athletic performance, sports performance coach, exercise specialist, fitness director, corporate fitness manager, group fitness director.

All students in the Pre-Health, Applied Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion tracks must maintain an overall UB GPA of ≥ 2.0 and a major GPA of ≥ 2.0 to remain in good standing in the ES program.

Health Promotion

This concentration provides a solid foundation in various aspects of health promotion and wellness, including physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and health coaching. It is suitable if you want to pursue positions working to promote health and wellness among people and populations in a variety of settings.

Career Pathways: Health promotion specialist, wellness coordinator, health/wellness coach, community health, nutrition promotion/education, health education.

All students in the Pre-Health, Applied Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion tracks must maintain an overall UB GPA of ≥ 2.0 and a major GPA of ≥ 2.0 to remain in good standing in the ES program.

Combined Degree Programs

Earn a bachelor’s in exercise science and a master’s in nutrition with the ultimate wellness degree.

The BS/MS program does not lead to registered dietitian (RD) licensure or allow you to practice as an RD.

Earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and an MPH in epidemiology as you consider exercise and prevention from a population and community-based perspective.

Exercise Science BS/MS

Earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in exercise science to increase your employability and earning potential.

Exercise Science BS/Athletic Training MS

You will graduate from the five-year combined 3+2 program in Exercise Science/Athletic Training with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master of science degree in athletic training. You are then eligible to sit for the national examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer, a credential required to practice as an athletic trainer. Possible employment opportunities include working in secondary schools (high schools), college and universities, performing arts medicine (e.g., dance companies), industrial (e.g., manufacturers) or even professional sports. You'll also be exposed to a multitude of settings and health care providers through robust interprofessional education programming.