Explore the Science of Human Performance

Develop an understanding of how the body works and how exercise impacts physical performance and brain function. Bridge basic biology, exercise physiology, sports nutrition and psychology through clinical applications. You’ll learn how to apply these scientific concepts to athletic and exercise performance and design effective fitness practices for individuals of all health, age and fitness levels.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Take the Next Step

Graduate ready to begin a career as a corporate wellness consultant, fitness trainer, cardiac rehab therapist or performance coach. Your degree also will provide the foundation for graduate study or professional certifications in a range of programs. Graduates of the program will be prepared for national certifications (i.e., NSCA CSCS, NASM PES and CES, ACE personal training, Group Exercise and Health Coaching.)


Common Careers

  • Athletic trainer*
  • Clinical exercise physiologist*
  • Nutrition & Dietetics*
  • Physician’s assistant*
  • Physical or occupational therapy*
  • Public health*
  • High school or college strength and conditioning coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Group fitness leader
  • Corporate fitness and wellness
  • *Additional certification or education required
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Major Requirements

Our program will develop your understanding of how the body works and how exercise impacts physical performance and brain function.

How to Apply

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for biology, behavioral neuroscience or health sciences?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.

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Flex Your Knowledge Beyond the Classroom

Put your learned techniques and wellness strategies to work on diverse patient populations, including athletes from Rider’s 20 NCAA Division I sports teams, and benefit from faculty-led research projects and hands-on internship opportunities including a presence at state, regional and national conferences. You will have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience with Rider’s 20 Division I athletic teams.


Exercise Science (B.S.)

Drue Stapleton

Assistant Professor I

Science Hall

dstapleton [at] rider.edu

(609) 895-5426

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