Exercise Science BS/Doctorate of Physical Therapy DPT

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The combined ES BS/DPT program allows students to complete the BS in Exercise Science and the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 6 years.

During the first three years, students will develop a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise assessment and prescription, and nutrition.


The science-based curriculum prepares students for national certification exams, such as the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) or the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with faculty on ongoing research projects.


The combined Exercise Science BS/DPT program is suited for exceptional students who want an accelerated pathway to complete the Bachelor of Science and doctorate degrees. Students in this program will apply to UB’s DPT program in year three.

BS in Exercise Science program learning outcomes:          

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the basic principles and vocabulary of exercise science
  • Work with individuals across the lifespan in establishing and achieving health/fitness goals
  • Prescribe exercise programs to restore health and maintain optimal well-being
  • Pass a national certification exam (ACSM, NSCA)
  • Obtain entry-level positions in health, fitness, rehabilitation and sport performance settings

Career Outlook

There is a robust job market for professionals with an exercise science background, particularly driven by increases in the aging population and the prevalence of obesity and lifestyle-related diseases. Professionals in the field work with healthy clients or athletes (non-clinical) and patients with chronic diseases or other medical conditions (clinical).

Alumni of Exercise Science are employed as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists, exercise physiologists, health coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. Some of these professions require additional education beyond the 4-year bachelor's degree. You will find our alumni working in various settings, including sports performance facilities, fitness and wellness centers, educational institutions, and health care organizations.

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