Exercise Science (BS)

Take the lead in the world of exercise

Get ready to take your love for sports to new heights as you explore the fascinating world of exercise, nutrition, and psychology’s influence on the human body. At Mary Baldwin, we believe in an engaging curriculum that not only helps you understand the science behind physical well-being but also prepares you for a future filled with endless possibilities.

Time to finish
4 years
In person
Bachelor of Science
Exercise and Sports Management,
Exercise and Sports Coaching, Exercise and Sports Nutrition, Science Communication
An athletic trainer wraps an athletes ankle in the training room within the Physical Activities Center.
Two men work out at the Physical Activities Center with weights.

What can I do with an exercise science degree from Mary Baldwin?

The field of exercise science is booming in the United States, offering a wide range of exciting career paths. Whether you’re interested in pursuing advanced degrees in health and medicine, becoming a professional or collegiate strength and conditioning specialist, a clinical exercise physiologist, or a health and human performance trainer, Mary Baldwin University’s exercise science program has got you covered. We also offer companion minors such as exercise and sports management and science communication to enhance your degree. Our curriculum is designed to be innovative and hands-on, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and providing opportunities for internships. 

In addition, exercise science students can receive certifications through either the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Features & Benefits

  • Gain professional experience across two internships totaling 250 hours. 
  • Gain first-hand experience of research in the lab. 
  • Present at regional and national conferences.

“Mary Baldwin’s exercise science program helped to prepare me in my academic pursuit of a doctorate in physical therapy. This program provided me with a foundational knowledge of exercise physiology and functional movements of the human body.”

Paula White, MBU Class of 2022Class of 2025 Graduate Physical Therapy Program

Courses and Curriculum 

Our expert professors designed this curriculum based on their experiences across multiple institutions and workplace settings. Our equipment is leading edge in the state of Virginia. 

Courses like Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, and Advanced Exercise Physiology delve deep into the science of the human body and involve a lot of time in the lab developing knowledge, skill, and abilities. Advanced Exercise Physiology in particular puts students in the midst of being both test subject and researcher. We complete projects as a team, build posters, and even take the posters to our regional conference for the American College of Sports Medicine.

Sample courses 

Cost & Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

MBU helps you fast-track your path to a bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 18 credits (6 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System.

  • Cost per credit hour: $486
  • Credits required for a bachelor’s degree: 120

It’s time to level up your career. Apply today!