Concentrations and Program Options

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

Exercise Science BS Concentrations

Pre-Physical Therapy

This concentration is for students who plan to apply to UB’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program or DPT programs at other institutions.

Career Pathway: Physical Therapist

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

  • Be accepted into the pre-physical therapy concentration
  • Complete the two years of prerequisite courses
  • Complete one year of the professional sequence

In the junior year of the program, you may submit an online application to the DPT program by the Nov. 1 deadline. Once accepted, you’ll have three additional years of graduate study to complete the program.

You also have the option to complete your bachelor’s degree in exercise science and apply to the DPT program in your senior year of the exercise science program.

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.

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.

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, Health/Wellness Coach, Community Health, Nutrition Promotion/Education, Health Education.

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.