Exercise Science

Exercise Science embraces the study of the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of movement. The Exercise Science program at FGCU provides the opportunity for students to learn how the body responds to activity and exercise throughout the lifespan.

Exercise Science Students TrainingThe emphasis of the program is to teach students how the body can attain a higher level of wellness and/or increase performance capabilities. Students majoring in Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science at FGCU will have an opportunity to become well-prepared practitioners in their chosen field by utilizing the strong science preparation and the interdisciplinary professional skill development in the curriculum. An additional unique aspect of the FGCU program is the applied and critical thinking oriented learning activities that are utilized during the final 60 semester hours of the Exercise Science Program.

The Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science program at FGCU is intended to prepare graduates for entry level careers that deal with the enhancement of individual health and/or performance capabilities. The graduate of the Exercise Science program will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and be provided an appropriate background, if desired, to pursue graduate studies in exercise science or other health-related disciplines. Graduates will sit for a national certification exams through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and/or the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). 

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Students in the Exercise Science Major are exposed to state-of-the-art equipment. Our laboratories support the active learning style and applied scientific, integrated curriculum employed by our faculty.

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Why Choose FGCU's Exercise Science Program

  • The "hands-on" approach to learning about exercise science, wellness and human performance.  The course classes in the major all have required concurrent laboratory experiences that focus on "doing" instead of passive learning.

  • Year-long experiential learning (i.e. internships) designed to provide both real world and the expansion of knowledge, skills and abilities learned in the previous courses and laboratory experiences.

  • The rigorous evidence based best practice approach to learning about exercise science, human movement, health/wellness and human performance.

  • The opportunity to learn the gross anatomy lab as an undergraduate.

In addition, to the above reasons, students learn in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning in state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms with small class sizes.  Finally, high level students have also enjoyed the opportunity to work on faculty projects and research. 

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 Exercise is Medicine

The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes and distinguishes schools with standardized, approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certifications.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) officially recognizes Florida Gulf Coast University's Exercise Science Program in Strength and Conditioning. 

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) officially recognizes Florida Gulf Coast University's Exercise Science Program in Strength and Conditioning through the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP).

The American College of Sports Medicine, Exercise is Medicine On Campus has recognized Florida Gulf Coast University as an Exercise is Medicine Gold Level Campus.  

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