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Exercise Science

The undergraduate Exercise Science program is designed to provide students with a foundation in the sciences and emphasis in exercise, health, and sport.

The Exercise Science program develops advanced knowledge and competencies in the area of exercise training, exercise metabolism, fitness and health maintenance, nutrition, cardiovascular risk identification, and rehabilitation.

Our Mission

The mission of the Exercise Science program is to train students who will provide professional leadership and educational services in the public and private enterprise. This will be accomplished by preparing students to enhance individual and societal well being through innovative programs designed to increase our physical, mental and social wellness in an environment conducive to supporting a higher quality of life.

Preparing Students for Success

Academic preparation focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise related to asymptomatic and symptomatic populations, therefore students acquiring this degree are prepared for entrance into health-related fitness and sport science professions.

Graduates are also eligible to sit for certification examinations offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and to apply for advanced study in a variety of applied science and allied health programs.


Admission to Longwood University does not automatically admit you to the Exercise Science program. Click HERE for admission criteria and an overview of the application process. For more detailed instructions regarding admission to the Exercise Science program, please see the Exercise Science Program Handbook.  

Any questions regarding admission to the Exercise Science program should be directed to Dr. Nate Saunders at saundersnw@longwood.edu.

For general information regarding the Exercise Science program, contact program coordinator Jo Morrison: morrisonjp@longwood.edu or 434.395.2539

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Career Opportunities & Graduate Study

The undergraduate exercise science curriculum includes prerequisites for further education in many allied health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiovascular technology and medicine. The best of our majors gain entry into these highly competitive programs.

Program graduates are typically employed in preventive exercise programs in settings such as wellness programs, private and/or public health and fitness centers as personal trainers, government agencies, corporate industry, health education, park systems, and adult or community fitness programs, while others work as strength and conditioning specialists for collegiate and professional athletic teams. Some majors work in clinical settings such as in-hospital cardiopulmonary disease rehabilitation programs.

Completion of the required 400-hour internship leads to employment for an estimated 25-40 percent of exercise science majors. Other majors pursue graduate degrees in such fields as exercise science, physiology and biomedical sciences in preparation for careers in academe and research.



Exercise Science Faculty



Timothy G. Coffey, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor
Willett 209


J. Nikki Hall-Atkinson

Willett 106


Kyle S. Levers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Willett 104P




Jo Morrison

Jo Morrison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Willett 207



Troy M. Purdom

Willett 104N