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Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science
  • 120 Credits
  • School of Health and Natural Sciences
  • Westchester
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Exercise Science Overview

Exercise science is the study of the body’s response to immediate and long-term physical activity, exercise and sport performance. Graduates of our exercise science programs in New York are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing exercise prescriptions and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive life behaviors for health promotion in apparently healthy adults and those with controlled diseases.

We are one of the top exercise science schools in New York, and offer one of the only programs in the tri-state area to hold both CAAHEP accreditation through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and ERP designation by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

You can choose one of 2 tracks, both leading to a B.S. in Exercise Science: Clinical or Performance. Both tracks prepare students for professional certification exams such as the ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certification (ACSM-EP) and the NSCA Certified and Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification.

Clinical Track 

This track prepares you for careers promoting optimal health through fitness, rehabilitation and health and wellness. This track embeds prerequisites needed to apply for graduate study in physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology and other allied health professions.

Performance Track

This track prepares you for careers promoting optimal health in sports performance and physical activity. This track includes prerequisites needed to apply for athletic coaching, physical education, and other health and fitness professions.

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Career Opportunities

With a B.S. in Exercise Science, you can pursue a wide array of rewarding careers such as:
Strength and conditioning coaching
Exercise physiology
Athletic coaching
Corporate fitness
Fitness training

Our Exercise Science B.S. also prepares you for graduate school in allied health careers such as:
Physical therapy
Athletic training
Physical education
Sports nutrition
Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
Sports Psychology

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Mercy’s Accredited Bachelor’s Program in Exercise Science Earns National Recognition

The Education Recognition Program (ERP) designation, awarded by the National Strength Conditioning Association, has singled out Mercy’s Exercise Science Bachelor’s Degree Program for its commitment to quality education leading to careers in exercise science. The recognition follows the program’s accomplishment last spring, when it earned continued accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education, the accrediting body for health sciences education, for the maximum period of ten years.

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Meet Some Exercise Science Students

The Exercise Science at Mercy University offers an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduates to enter into this field!


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Career Outcomes

Exercise Physiology jobs to grow 13% by 2030*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Physical Therapists to grow 21% by 2030*

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Athletic Training jobs to grow 23% by 2030*

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Meet Dr. Astrid Mel

Astrid Mel is Program Director and Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Mercy University.  She is responsible for planning and implementing program initiatives, including the development of a state-of-the-art lab for teaching and research, developing, teaching and supervising curricular activities within the program

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science offers a comprehensive curriculum grounded in scientific principles and their practical application to maintaining health through fitness and nutrition, training and performance, rehabilitation, and wellness.

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NSCA New York State Clinic

Students and faculty from the Exercise Science (EXSC) program enthusiastically participated in the esteemed National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) New York State Clinic, hosted at the prestigious Fordham University on April 6th. This highly anticipated event provided an exceptional platform for our community to engage with leading figures in the fitness and conditioning industry.

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Students and Faculty Enjoy Shared Activity

In a delightful display of camaraderie and active engagement, a cohort of exercise science students and esteemed faculty recently convened at an indoor rock climbing facility. This gathering transcended the confines of the classroom, fostering meaningful connections among participants while offering an enriching experience into the realm of adventurous pursuits. Against the backdrop of ascending walls and harnesses, students seized the chance to forge bonds with both their peers and mentors, while also immersing themselves in the exhilarating challenge of rock climbing. Such communal endeavors not only fortify the academic community but also highlight the value of holistic growth beyond conventional learning environments.


The Mercy Advantage

  • 100% graduate satisfaction rate
  • Embedded internships
  • Active Exercise Science club
  • Personalized advising and mentorships
  • Cutting-edge equipment (Bod Pod, metabolic cart, and more)
  • Small class size for personalized attention
  • Hands-on learning in real-world settings
  • CAAHEP accredited program through ACSM
  • Education Recognition Program (ERP) designated by NSCA
  • Dedicated state-of-the-art exercise science lab
Exercise Science Club at 2023 NYC Marathon

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Exercise Science Club at 2023 NYC Marathon

Exercise Science students and Dr. Allison Murphy volunteering at mile 13 of the 2023 NYC marathon. They handed out refreshments and cheered on participants in Brooklyn.  

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Program Outcomes


Synthesize and apply knowledge of core concepts from biological, physical, health, and behavioral sciences as a foundation for practice in exercise science


Act in accordance with professional and ethical standards in the field of exercise science


Assess health status, conduct fitness testing, and interpret results based on scientific evidence


Utilize evidence to design, administer, and modify appropriate exercise programs for normal and at-risk populations


Design and implement behavior modifications to promote and sustain a healthy lifestyle

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Communicate information clearly in written and oral format to clients, colleagues, and community agencies

Your Degree is Within Reach with Financial Aid

At Mercy, we strive to make college affordable for everyone. From generous financial aid to numerous scholarships and grants, we make it possible to get your degree without breaking the bank. 

Feel free to connect with our team for help completing the FAFSA and comparing financial aid options at any point in the process. Whether you need help reading your bill or understanding what aid you qualify for, we're happy to help any way we can. Explore our financial aid page or reach out to our team today!

Support Inside and Outside the Classroom

Between classes, friends, extracurriculars and exploring the many activities on campus, there's lots of exciting opportunities to keep you busy at Mercy. That's why we offer plenty of support services that you can rely on whenever you need them.

From day one, you'll have someone on your side with your very own PACT Mentor. Our PACT program pairs each student with a mentor who can help them with everything from finding classrooms to making a plan for after graduation. Plus, you can check in with your PACT Mentor as often as you'd like — it's all on your schedule!

At the Student Counseling Center, students can access clinical counseling services. We're here to help support your mental health, whether you want to talk about your classes, navigating friendships or just need a calm, safe space. Our counselors are here to help.

How Mercy Prepares You for a Career After Graduation

At Mercy, we make the transition from graduation day to a full-time job in your field seamless. Thanks to many opportunities for hands-on learning throughout your time as a Maverick, you'll have the experience and knowledge to succeed in your first job after graduation. From practicing real-life techniques in our dedicated exercise science lab to helping you find internships, you can tap into everything you need to stay on your career path and thrive after graduation.

In addition to hands-on experience, our exercise science degree program in New York gives you the skills and knowledge to pass the ACSM-EP certification and the NSCA CSCS certification. Through your coursework and use of cutting-edge equipment in our state-of-the-art lab, our program sets you up for success on test day, so you can earn your certification and begin practicing.

Frequently Asked Questions

This degree prepares students for a broad range of occupations that promote health and physical fitness. Aspiring physical therapists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, physical education teachers and exercise physiologists should consider earning a B.S. in Exercise Science.

Mercy University is known for flexible scheduling and small class size. Our small class size facilitates a close relationship among the students and between students and faculty. Laboratory sections are taught by the professors who teach the lectures and not by graduate students. This arrangement enables faculty to closely coordinate the lecture and laboratory components of our courses and enables students to learn laboratory skills from experienced professionals.

Yes. Acceptance of transfer credits is determined by Admissions. They consult with any graduate program to which you intend to apply. To be eligible for a BS in Exercise Science, which is a 120-credit degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits at Mercy University. Mercy may transfer up to 90 undergraduate credits from a 4-year college and up to 75 credits from a 2-year community college.

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

No! A combination of general education courses and major-level courses is recommended each semester. Students should contact their PACT advisor and / or Program Director as early as possible to plan their course of study.

Program Details & Curriculum

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog:

Mercy’s exercise science program is one of the only programs in the tri-state area to hold both CAAHEP accreditation through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and ERP designation by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). These distinctions set the program apart by upholding the highest standards in the profession and preparing students for professional certification exams from both ACSM and NSCA.

The Exercise Science curriculum includes required internships with professionals in the workforce. We have over 100 internship opportunities ranging from hospitals and physical therapy clinics, to collegiate and professional sports teams in strength and conditioning and athletic training.

Get involved and join other students with a passion for fitness and wellness by making a difference through organizing and promoting community service, social activities and fitness events.

Graduate Satisfaction Rate

  # Satisfactory Surveys # Surveys Returned Satisfaction Rate (%)
2023-2024 14 14 100
2022-2023 14 14 100
2021-2022 14 14 100
2020-2021 25 25 100
2019-2020 14 14 100
2018-2019 16 16 100
2017-2018 13 13 100


Contact the Exercise Science Program

Dr. Astrid Mel
Program Director, Exercise Science
(914) 674-7874

Genesis Camarda
Administrative Assistant, Biology
(914) 674-7550

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