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Exercise Science Degree Program

School of Sport Sciences


The exercise science program at Wingate equips you with the fundamental knowledge and the practical skills you need for a career in the fitness profession.

Classes in the program include anatomy and physiology, sports nutrition, kinesiology and exercise programming. Coursework is combined with a professional internship experience, so graduates are prepared to enter the field of exercise and sport science or to go on to graduate school.


All exercise science majors undertake a professional internship, usually in the summer between their junior and senior year. Internship possibilities include fitness clubs, strength and conditioning at a local university or with a professional sports team, and cardiac rehabilitation at a local hospital.


A degree in either track will allow you to pursue a master’s degree if you are interested in exercise physiology, health promotion, physician’s assistant, physical therapy or pharmacy.

Strength and conditioning coaches at the college and professional level are often required to have a master’s degree and CSCS certification through NSCA. Many fitness industry management positions, such as director of a fitness club or supervising a group of personal trainers, also require an advanced degree.

My experience

Caitlin Shumate

"My favorite class at Wingate was definitely my internship. It allowed me to get great hands-on experience and apply the knowledge I learned in the classroom setting to real-life situations. Wingate helped me grow as a person and realize the impact we can make on others around us, whether that’s through giving back to the community or small acts of kindness."

Caitlin Shumate, 2020 exercise science major, Honors Program grad on her way to a doctor of physical therapy degree