Exercise science majors use 3D motion capture in the new human performance laboratory at Lebanon Valley College.

Promote Health and Wellness with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science 

Whether you want to work in strength conditioning, corporate wellness, or cardiac rehabilitation, LVC's exercise science major prepares you to work with patients who have a range of needs, diseases, and injuries. By the time you graduate, you'll be able to help your clients perform exercises and improve their overall well-being, all while designing interventions based on scientific research. 

At LVC, we'll help you tailor your exercise science degree to your career interests. Explore courses in biology and chemistry to pursue medical school, focus on physiology and anatomy for a career in health and wellness, or take business courses that will help you become an entrepreneur with your very own client list. 

You'll develop a background in scientific knowledge, create an outstanding portfolio of independent projects, and gain the hands-on experience you need to jumpstart your career in exercise science.

Apply to our Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science for first-year undergraduates, or transfer in as a non-traditional student.


Discover Your Degree Pathway


Study with Practicing Clinicians

Our dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and project-based learning opportunities ensure that you'll be prepared for a world that needs you. Students in exercise science explore how human performance affects exercise and learn how to promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle to the public—all under the watchful eye of faculty members who are practicing clinicians. 

Through presentations and our professional practicum, you'll learn the patient communication skills employers seek. We promote critical thinking, evidence-based research, and self-directed learning, so you can contribute to society through education and community service as a lifelong health careers professional. 


We want you to succeed outside of the classroom setting, too.

You'll gain hands-on experience with athletes and patients, develop a year-long training plan for an athlete, and get out in the community through our professional practicum. LVC’s exercise science faculty work closely with the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, which means you'll have more opportunities for career exploration and hands-on learning experiences.

Depending on your career interests, gain hands-on experience in a practicum setting with organizations like:

  • Lebanon YMCA
  • Lancaster YMCA
  • Penn State Health: Better Together
  • WellSpan Health
  • Power Train Sports
  • And more!


What Makes Learning Exercise Science at LVC Special?

  • Our new state-of-the-art facility, the Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, where students perform exercise testing in the human movement lab
  • Learn from faculty with real-world experience in strength and conditioning and obesity and weight management
  • Hands-on experience in practicum settings, like Pennsylvania State School of Medicine and the YMCA
  • Our Exercise Science Club for sharing your love of health and wellness with the campus community and beyond


What You Can Do with an Exercise Science Degree

  • Exercise science is a relatively new field. It's an exciting, diverse area of study that developed out of an important need. Exercise scientists communicate directly with their communities about how to exercise safely and live healthier lives, an increasingly important skill as America struggles with health and wellness.
  • As healthcare shifts its focus toward prevention rather than treatment, your skills will be in demand in the new marketplace. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates trained in exercise science can expect a 13% increase in employment opportunities between 2016 and 2026.
  • Our Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science prepares you to enter this field as an exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, clinical exercise specialist, or corporate wellness expert. You'll also be able to work in any number of settings, from public schools to corporate wellness programs, and from fitness centers to health clinics. You may even wish to pursue graduate study in physical therapy or further certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association before entering the workforce.
  • LVC has an excellent track record in physical therapy, and our reputation for success will help you enter the profession on the right foot. In addition to professional networks like the National Strength and Conditioning Association, you'll be welcomed into LVC's active alumni network for support and professional guidance.

I attended an international conference with one of our new faculty members, and I have already witnessed the international connections that LVC health professions programs will have with countries like the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Italy, the Netherlands, and more.

Exercise Science Major

Jessica Zeiner '18


Median salary for an exercise physiologist (2017)


projected growth in the exercise science field, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics