Program overview

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.

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.)

Careers you could pursue with a degree in exercise science are listed below. Click on those career titles that are linked to watch professionals in the field share their personal career experience and advice.

*Additional certification or education required

Flex your knowledge beyond the classroom

Put your learned techniques and wellness strategies to work on diverse patient populations, including athletes from Rider’s 21 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 21 Division I athletic teams.

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Program requirements

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

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Exercise Science (B.S.)

Drue Stapleton

Associate Professor

Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences

Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center

dstapleton [at]

(609) 895-5426

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