Exercise Science Health Fitness Specialist (BA)

Build a rewarding career in fitness and rehabilitation

The exercise science health fitness specialist program at Mary Baldwin University is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in clinical rehabilitation exercise programs and athletic performance. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in public and private fitness centers, clinical health and rehabilitation programs, and corporate wellness settings. 

Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Exercise and Sports Management, 
Science Communication, 
Exercise and Sports Coaching

Why Study in the Exercise Science Health Fitness Specialist Program at Mary Baldwin?

While earning this health and fitness degree, you’ll delve into various aspects of exercise science to develop a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy and physiology, exercise performance, and movement analysis. Our curriculum offers the flexibility to specialize in specific tracks based on your interests and career goals.

At Mary Baldwin, we prioritize a hands-on, experiential learning approach. Throughout your program, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge resources, allowing you to apply your knowledge in practical settings. Our experienced faculty will guide you through engaging coursework, practical exercises, and real-world case studies. You’ll also have opportunities to collaborate with professionals in the field through internships and clinical experiences.


  • Work as an assistant to the athletic trainers at the physical activities center
  • Get 250 hours of clinical experience 
  • Manage a fighting squirrels sports team

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. 

Sample courses:

“My research study looked into what the ‘World Cycling Hour Record’ can tell us about how aging and gender plays a role in performance for both men and women.”

Anna Fisher ’23, exercise science major, graduate student in MBU’s doctor of physical therapy program

Outstanding Outcomes 

Our program prepares you for a range of opportunities and professional certifications in the field of exercise science. You’ll be equipped to contribute to clinical rehabilitation exercise programs, support athletic performance, and promote overall health and wellness in diverse settings.

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 political science 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

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