Frequently Asked Questions

Ensuring Program Success

Is it possible to hold a part-time job and still perform well in the program?

Our priority is to provide you with the highest quality academic experience, and this includes a range of activities and offerings both in and out of the classroom. To fully take advantage of these opportunities and to do well with the rigorous curriculum, it would be extremely challenging to also balance a part-time job.

Applying to the Professional Sequence

When am I accepted into the exercise science major?

Application to the exercise science program is a two-step process.

  • First, you must be accepted to the University at Buffalo and complete specific prerequisite courses over a two-year period with a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • You would then submit a Promotion to Professional Sequence application by Jan. 31 of your sophomore year. The Promotion to Professional Sequence is competitive and is limited to the top 120 students based on performance in prerequisite courses.

Can I still apply to the professional sequence if I have not completed all of my prerequisite courses and/or general education requirements?

All prerequisite courses must be completed to be eligible for admission to the upper division, including 1-credit labs. The general education requirements do not have to be completed until you are ready to graduate. 

When does the professional sequence start?

The first course, gross human anatomy, starts in mid-May and ends in mid-July the summer before your junior year.

Internships, Careers, and Additional Degrees

How do I find an internship site?

The 12-credit internship is completed in the spring semester of your senior year. We have more than 200 affiliation sites across the country (including Arizona, Colorado and California). You’ll work with our clinical education director to secure a site in the fall semester of your senior year but it is never too early to begin screening sites. You may choose an internship with a non-affiliated site, but we will need to process an affiliation agreement first. This can take up to several months and should be started in the spring or summer preceding your senior year.

Is the exercise science bachelor’s program a good preparation for additional degrees?

Absolutely. Approximately 70% of our graduates earn a bachelor’s degree to prepare for other health-related programs such as physical therapy, medicine, chiropractic or physician assistant, or for entry into other graduate programs.