Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science

Program Overview

If you are fascinated by human movement and have a desire to improve the lives of others, UNE’s Applied Exercise Science (AES) degree will give you the tools needed to attain your professional dreams. Through a combination of classroom learning, research, internships, and hands-on lab activities, you will learn to use exercise to help others prevent disease, rehabilitate injuries, and enhance athletic performance. It’s the ideal foundation for a career as an exercise science professional or for graduate study in a variety of different health science fields.

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I loved my major's department because of the focus on the science of exercise and sport performance. I find it fascinating to learn about how the body works in relation to physical activity.
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Accreditation

The University of New England's Applied Exercise Science program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Exercise Sciences (CoAES) Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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Why UNE for Applied Exercise Science

Our department’s close working relationship with UNE’s medical school opens the door to fascinating opportunities, including courses in gross anatomy taught by exercise scientists. With access to UNE’s other health professions students and faculty, you’ll learn how to work effectively in collaborative, interprofessional health care teams.

  • Focus on clinical application and hands-on learning
  • Only program in Maine accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied  Health Programs and endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Unique breadth of research opportunities
  • Key opportunities for professional development and exposure
  • Exceptional rate of employment/acceptance to graduate school

Meet Nikko, an Applied Exercise Science major at UNE

Careers

With your knowledge of anatomy, exercise science, and athletic training; real-world experiences from internships; and extensive hands-on lab work, you’ll be equipped to perform pre-participatory screenings, fitness testing, exercise prescription, and exercise leadership for healthy, health-compromised, and athletic populations.

Our graduates have pursued many rewarding careers, including:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Technician
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Corporate Health and Fitness Specialist
  • Fitness Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Wellness Coordinator

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Student Success By The Numbers

92%

of AES majors were employed or continuing higher education within six months of graduation

(Class of 2018)

#1

in Maine for getting a job

 

(Zippia, 2021)

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.

Academics

There are many ways you can navigate this degree program. The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Fitness Evaluation & Prescription
  • Concepts of Strength & Conditioning
  • Lead ECG Interpretation
  • Clinical Diagnostic GXT
  • Exercise Management for Chronic Disease & Disability
  • Metabolism & Bioenergetics of Sport Nutrition

You may apply through our GradVantage program to our Doctor of Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant programs for graduate study.

Curriculum

Total Credits
Minimum required 120–122
First year Credits
Total 31-33
IHS 130 - Interprofessional Health Care First-Year Experience 3
BIO 105 - Biology I Ecology/Evolution 4
BIO 106 - Biology II Cellular/Molecular 4
ENG 110 - English Composition or ENG 122/123 - College Reading & Writing I/II 4–6
EXS 101 - Introduction to Applied Exercise Science 1
EXS 120 - Personal Health and Wellness 3
MAT 120 - Statistics 3
PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology 3
One (1) Explorations Course 3
Second year Credits
Total 33
BIO 208 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NUTR 220 - Nutrition 3
IHS 310 - Ethics for Interprofessional Practice 3
ATC 333 - Gross Anatomy 3
One (1) Creative Art Course (ART, ARH, MUS Prefix) 3
EXS 180 - Motor Learning and Performance 3
BIO 209 or BIO 209G - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
ATC 101 - Care and prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
PSY 250 - Lifespan Development 3
Third year Credits
Total 32
ATC 420 - Research Methods 3
EXS 310 - Kinesiology and Biomechanics 3
EXS 320 - Exercise Physiology w/Lab 3
EXS 330 - Fitness Evaluation and Prescription w/Lab 3
EXS 380 - 12 Lead ECG Interpretation w/Lab 3
EXS 392 - Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription w/Lab 3
EXS 495 - AES Seminar 1
BIO 309 - Pathophysiology 3
PHY 110 - General Physics w/ Lab 4
AES Elective Course 1 of 3** 3
AES Elective Course 2 of 3** 3
Fourth year Credits
Total 24
EXS 340 - Concepts of Strength and Conditioning 3
EXS 432 - Exercise Management for Chronic Disease & Disability 3
EXS 322 - Metabolism and Bioenergetics of Sport Nutrition 3
One (1) Advanced Studies Course 3
EXS 499 - Internship* 6
AES Elective Course 3 of 3** 3
ATC 306 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise 3

Internship experience*

The senior-level culminating experience may be either EXS 499 taken as a six-credit field experience internship (taken in the summer, fall or spring) or a combination of (2) EXS 499 three-credit field experience internships totaling six credits. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 270 hours (45 hours/credit) under the direct supervision of an approved clinical internship site supervisor. To be eligible to complete the internship the student must: be senior-level status with a minimum of 90 earned credits, be in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, and be compliant with all academic and technical standards. Failure to achieve these academic standards may delay graduation.

AES Electives (9 credits)**

  1. Students need to take a minimum of 3 credits with EXS or ATC prefix but have permission to take all 9 credits in EXS or ATC if they so desire.
  2. If a student does not take all 9 credits in EXS or ATC, any remaining credits can be filled by taking courses in BIO, CHE, or PHY.
  3. An elective course substitution is allowed per permission of the Exercise and Sports Performance Department Chair.

Experiential Learning

We give you real-life, hands-on experiences in our custom-designed labs and teaching spaces and in your internships. Whether you’re conducting your own research, getting on-the-job training, or presenting at a regional or national conference, Applied Exercise Science makes doing the most important part of learning.

State-of-the-art facilities

  • Harold Alfond Forum sports complex with cutting-edge equipment, training spaces, classrooms, and labs
  • Campus Center recreational complex, home to BodyWISE clinical training program
  • State-of-the-art health sciences center
  • Motion Analysis Lab
  • Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center

Internships

A wide array of enriching internship opportunities exists at sites including:

  • Turning Point Cardiac Rehabilitation & Prevention
  • Southern Maine Health Care ­– Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Spurling Fitness
  • Quest Fitness
  • Saco Bay Physical Therapy
  • Massabesic Health Resources – Physical Therapy
  • Southern Maine Health Care – Performance Center

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Global Education

See the world

Get the cultural immersion experience of your dreams while staying on track with your lab requirements. We offer semester-long studies in Spain and Morocco that provide lab sciences as well as humanities courses that fulfill your core requirements. Or opt for one of our shorter, faculty-led travel courses, which will take you to Costa Rica, Iceland, Ghana, Italy, or many other remarkable locations.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.

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