Exercise Science 4+1

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Undergraduate + Graduate
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Earn two valuable degrees in just five years with the BS/MS in Exercise Science track, then launch a career dedicated to improving the health and physical performance of diverse populations.

Why Earn a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Exercise Science?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for highly qualified fitness trainers and instructors, health coaches, and exercise physiologists is on the upswing. When you pursue an accelerated degree in exercise science, you’ll learn to help a wide range of clients, including high-level athletes and people diagnosed with various health problems. You will develop an advanced understanding and the ability to apply skills related to exercise testing, nutrition, exercise prescription, rehabilitation and research. For some, the 4+1 accelerated exercise science program provides an opportunity to gain the maturity and skill sets necessary for competitive application to doctoral programs.

Why Earn a BS & MS  in Exercise Science Degree at Adelphi University in New York?

Adelphi’s 4+1 accelerated exercise science pathway provides a fast and affordable road to professional success, whether your future interests include pursuing a doctoral degree or launching a career in fitness or allied health.

  • Benefit from the continuity and cohesiveness of a combined undergraduate and graduate curriculum, which provides an efficient route to professional success.
  • Gain practical experience working with real clients in state-of-the-art facilities under the supervision of world-class faculty.
  • Graduate with the tools to be a leader in your field—whether you’re interested in pursuing a doctoral degree or a career in strength and conditioning, personal training or other professions related to research, education or healthcare.
  • Gain access to top-level internships and life-changing job opportunities.

What Can You Do with both a Bachelor’s & Master’sDegree in Exercise Science?

These degrees open the door to a variety of allied health and fitness-related careers, including physical therapist, physician’s assistant, nurse, personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, chiropractor, occupational therapist, medical doctor, research and higher education.

92%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our baccalaureate graduates say that Adelphi University increased their intellectual curiosity, ability and potential
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

For the highly motivated student, the 4+1 program builds on the 15 credits that fulfill undergraduate requirements and simultaneously prepares you for a reduced amount of graduate credits (21) to fulfill your exercise science graduate degree. It provides the same professional preparation in less time and at a substantially reduced cost.

Robert M. Otto, PhD Professor, Health and Sport Sciences

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

This accelerated pathway to exercise science revolves around hands-on learning experiences with the Adelphi University Adult Fitness Program, CHANGE (Comprehensive Health Assessment for Nutrition, Growth and Exercise) and personal training programs on campus, all conducted in Adelphi’s brand-new training and laboratory facilities. You will develop exercise training strategies and assist clients in the on-site adult fitness center. Here, you will gain invaluable experience in exercise testing, programming and interpersonal skill-building.

Adelphi students working in the Human Performance Laboratory.

Our Research Labs

We have top research laboratories. Our Human Performance Laboratory contains state-of-the-art equipment that many other universities do not have:

  • Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA, formerly DEXA) system
  • Hydrostatic Underwater Weighing
  • Force Plate System testing
  • Noraxon Electromyography
  • Cardiac Output by Impedance
  • ParvoMedics Metabolic Cart

Program Information

The BS in exercise science program begins with core courses in human anatomy and physiology and an introduction to related professions. After building a solid knowledge base, you’ll transition to practical applications, with courses that cover exercise testing and prescription, strength and conditioning, and clinical exercise physiology. The program culminates in a practicum experience requiring work in the Adult Fitness Program, Personal Training, and strength and conditioning areas. Learning goals are framed by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise Physiologist Certification (CEP).

The MS in exercise science program provides an advanced perspective on the BS curriculum. You’ll pursue coursework in research techniques and detailed study of exercise physiology, including the application of health/fitness, clinical and sport performance-related exercise physiology principles. Through your electives, you can acquire special training in exercise testing, nutrition, the medical aspects of exercise, exercise prescription, rehabilitation and biomechanics. Learning goals are framed by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) and Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CCEP).

Students will matriculate into the master’s degree program immediately upon completing the bachelor’s degree.

Application Requirements

If you’re already enrolled in the Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science program and meet the 4+1 pathway’s GPA requirements, you can apply for this program once you’ve completed particular steps in the major. You must have successfully completed a minimum of five exercise science courses (15 credits) at the 500 level or higher to be eligible for the 4+1 accelerated exercise science program. Speak to your adviser or a 4+1 faculty member to learn more.

To apply for this program, you must submit the appropriate application requirements. In addition:

  • Demonstrate that you have met all the requirements of the undergraduate major as well as those relevant to the overall undergraduate degree; for a BS, for example, all general education requirements and 50 percent of credits completed are classified as liberal arts and sciences (LAS).
  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the BS in Exercise Science major and a 2.75 GPA minimum from all undergraduate and graduate coursework; a 2.6 to 2.74 GPA provisional admission with 3.0 GPA is required after six credits as an MS student.
  • Only a graduate course with an earned grade of 3.0 GPA or higher, taken while enrolled as an undergraduate, will also count toward the master’s degree requirements.
  • You will need the permission of both the undergraduate and graduate program directors to enroll in the designated graduate-level courses in exercise science, subject to the requirements of each degree at the time of entry.

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

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