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.

Justin St. Peter

Because of the AES program at UNE I am able to analyze the seemingly unlimited capacity of the human body from a scientific perspective.

Applied Exercise Science


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).

View our Program Outcome Data (PDF)

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


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


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

Class of 2018

in Maine for getting a job

Zippia 2022


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 and Prescription
  • Concepts of Strength & Conditioning
  • Lead ECG Interpretation
  • Clinical Diagnostic GXT
  • Exercise Management for Chronic Disease & Disability
  • Metabolism and Bioenergetics of Sport Nutrition

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


Total Credits
Minimum required 120–122
First year Credits
IHS 130 – Interprofessional Health Care First-Year Experience 3
BIO 105 – Bio I: Ecology/Evolution 4
BIO 106 – Bio 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
Total 31–33
Second year Credits
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
Total 33
Third year Credits
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
One (1) EXS or ATC Elective Course 3
One (1) EXS, ATC, BIO, CHE, or PHY Elective Course** 3
Total 32
Fourth year Credits
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
One (1) EXS, ATC, BIO, CHE, or PHY Elective Course** 3
ATC 306 – Psychology of Sport and Exercise 3
Total 24

*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.

**EXS, ATC, BIO, CHE, or PHY Electives (9 credits)

An elective course substitution is allowed per permission of the Exercise and Sports Performance Department chair.

To learn more about the program visit the Academic Catalog, explore our FAQ, or read the Applied Exercise Science Student Handbook (PDF).


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


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.