Concentrations and Combined Programs

Personalize your degree by choosing from four concentrations and four combined degree program options.

Concentrations

Combined Programs

Exercise Science BS Concentrations

All students in the Exercise Science BS program must select a concentration.

Pre-Physical Therapy

To be eligible to apply to the UB DPT program, students must:

Complete the first three years of the Exercise Science program – Pre-Physical Therapy concentration

Students may apply to the DPT program in the junior or senior year of the Exercise Science program.

DPT admissions requirements and deadlines

All students in the Pre-Physical Therapy track must maintain a GPA of ≥ 2.7. 

Pre-Health Professions

This concentration offers students the flexibility to take requirements for applying to other health professions programs. Suitable for students who want a scientific understanding of how exercise affects the body and disease processes while also allowing students to take prerequisites for health professional programs.

Career Pathways: Medical doctor (MD), osteopathic medicine (DO), dental medicine, physician assistant, chiropractic.

All students in the Pre-Health, Applied Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion tracks must maintain an overall UB GPA of ≥ 2.0 and a major GPA of ≥ 2.0 to remain in the ES program.

Applied Exercise Physiology

This concentration offers a deeper understanding an skills set in prescription and instruction of exercise, such as strength and conditioning and clinical exercise physiology. Suitable for students pursuing careers as strength and conditioning specialists or as exercise physiologists working with a spectrum of individuals ranging from those with chronic conditions and disease to professional athletes.

Career Pathways: Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Director of Athletic Performance, Sports Performance Coach, Exercise Specialist, Fitness Director, Corporate Fitness Manager, Group Fitness Director.

All students in the Pre-Health, Applied Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion tracks must maintain an overall UB GPA of ≥ 2.0 and a major GPA of ≥ 2.0 to remain in the ES program.

Health Promotion

This concentration provides a solid foundation in various aspects of health promotion and wellness, including physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and health coaching. Suitable for students pursuing positions working to promote health and wellness among individuals and populations in a variety of settings.

Career Pathways: Health Promotion Specialist, Wellness Coordinator, Health/Wellness Coach, Community Health, Nutrition Promotion/Education, Health Education.

All students in the Pre-Health, Applied Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion tracks must maintain an overall UB GPA of ≥ 2.0 and a major GPA of ≥ 2.0 to remain in the ES program.

Combined Degree Programs

Earn a bachelor’s in exercise science and a master’s in nutrition with the ultimate wellness degree.

The BS/MS program does not lead to registered dietitian (RD) licensure or allow you to practice as an RD.

Earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and an MPH in epidemiology as you consider exercise and prevention from a population and community-based perspective.

Exercise Science BS/MS

Earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in exercise science to increase your employability and earning potential.

Exercise Science BS/Athletic Training MS

With the combined 3+2 degree in ES/AT, students who graduate from the Master of Science in Athletic Training program will be eligible (upon initial accreditation) to sit for the national examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. This credential is required to practice as an athletic trainer. Possible employment opportunities include working in secondary schools (high schools), college and universities, performing arts medicine (i.e., Cirque du Soeil), industrial (i.e., Boeing) or even professional sports. Coming to the University at Buffalo with the combined degree, students are able to complete five years and obtain two degrees. Students are also exposed to a multitude of settings and healthcare providers through our robust Interprofessional Education programming.

Please note: The University at Buffalo is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2019.