Exercise Science

Exercise Science Degree: Online Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

About the Exercise Science Program

Channel your interest in health, wellness and fitness into a top professional path.




Years (Avg.)

Class Type

100% online

Transfer Credits

Contact us to learn about transfer oppotunities

Start Sessions

Spring, Summer, Fall



The accredited online bachelor's degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania lets you study exercise science, wellness and fitness, plus build a strong foundation in business, marketing, management and more.

You will sharpen your skills in youth fitness, or study fitness for aging individuals, as well as special needs populations. You can complete this fully online bachelor's degree program in three years, without any on-campus residency requirements. And you will gain skills and certification to be job-ready.

Earn job-ready credentials

The B.S. in Exercise Science provides the skills you need to qualify for these certifications:

  • Certified Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), considered the industry gold standard in wellness and fitness.
  • Certified Speed Coach from the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE).

Studying exercise science, wellness and fitness online is a convenient fit for people with busy schedules, while still providing close interaction with your cohort peers and expert professors in your major, using the latest learning technology.


Full focus
The online exercise science degree program is well-rounded, focusing on professional development, preventive healthcare and top-quality fitness education. This major also emphasizes leadership development and sharpening business skills.

Cal U's close professional partnerships with industry organizations (NASM and NASE) ensure that our bachelor's degree curriculum fully meets employer demand in the exercise science, fitness and wellness profession.


Cal U's B.S. in Exercise Science is one of only 30 wellness and fitness programs nationwide to be recognized by NASM.
100 %
  Online bachelor's degree can be completed in three years.


Request Info

icon undergrad for degree

Degree Benefits

Receive an excellent education in fitness and wellness in our online exercise science degree program: 

  • Study anatomy, physiology, wellness.

  • Focus on sport marketing, finance, legal issues.

  • Learn about nutrition, health and the art of motivating people to embrace fitness.

  • Evaluate research in wellness and fitness.

icon undergrad for degree

Graduate Outcomes

Cal U graduates go on to graduate education or are ready to start or advance their careers in exercise science, fitness and wellness in Pennsylvania and nationally:

  • Fitness centers and spas, including 24 Hour and Lifetime. Corporate fitness settings.
  • High-school coaching, collegiate athletics.
  • Professional sports teams, including New York Knicks, Boston Celtics.
  • Hospitals, personal training.
  • Graduate schools, including University of Alabama, Michigan State, California State University at San Diego, East Stroudsburg and Cal U.


B.S. in Exercise Science Curriculum and Admission Requirements

100% online courses provide students with a well-rounded major in exercise science, wellness and fitness. Experienced faculty use the latest technology to create real-world activities so online students can apply new knowledge and skills in their personal and work settings.



Course Credits
Year 1  
First Semester (Fall) 13
FIT 100  Intro to Fitness 3
FIT 125  Fundamentals of Speed Training 3
HSC 110  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
SPT 300  Psychology of Sport 3
Second Semester (Spring) 13
ATE 340  Sports Nutrition 3
FIT 115  Applied Anatomy and Physiology in Wellness and Fitness 4
HSC 115  Current Health Issues 3
SPT 305  Ethics in Sport 3
Third Semester (Summer) 16
General Education or Electives 16
Year 2  
Fourth Semester (Fall) 12
FIT 300  Business Aspects of Fitness 3
FIT 305  Motivational Strategies in Wellness and Fitness 3
HSC 275  Functional Kinesiology 3
SPT 400  Legal Aspects of Sport 3
Fifth Semester (Spring) 12
FIT 250  Current Topics and Strategies for Youth Fitness 3
FIT 325  Integrated Personal Fitness Training 3
FIT 335  Integrated Personal Fitness Program Design 3
HSC 325  Physiology of Exercise 3
Sixth Semester (Summer) 15
General Education or Electives 15
Year 3  
Seventh Semester (Fall) 12
FIT 380  Wellness and Fitness for the Aging Population 3
FIT 405  Wellness Seminar I 3
FIT 425  Evaluating Research in Fitness and Wellness 3
FIT 430  Applications of Research in Fitness and Wellness 3
Eighth Semester (Spring) 12
FIT 350  Fitness and Special Populations 3
FIT 401  Leadership Concepts and Actions in Wellness and Fitness 3
FIT 410  Wellness Seminar II 3
FIT 420  Contemporary Issues in Wellness and Fitness 3
Ninth Semester (Summer) 15
General Education or Electives 15
Total 120

View full course sequence

Admission Requirements

 View admission requirements for:


Online Exercise Science Degree

 Set Apart

The exercise science program is set apart from competitor schools by Cal U's partnership with NASM and NASE, and by our dedicated faculty, many of whom have earned doctoral degrees in the field.

nasm certification

Competitive Edge

NASM selected Cal U as its first academic partner in 2003. NASM certification is considered the premier standard in the wellness and fitness field, giving our students a competitive advantage for future jobs.

Online Exercise Science Degree

Unique skills

NASE is an international organization dedicated to assisting health and wellness professionals improve their knowledge in the area of speed training - and earn well-respected certification credentials.




Exercise Science Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor


View profile
Dr. Carol Biddington


View profile
Dr. Marc S. Federico


View profile
Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton


View profile
Melissa Hatton
Adjunct Professor


View profile
Dr. Rebecca A. Hess


View profile
Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy


View profile
Dr. Brian Oddi
Assistant Professor


View profile
Dr. Linda Platt Meyer


View profile
Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby


View profile
Dr. Ellen J. West


View profile
Dr. Tom West


View profile