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Exercise and Sports Science Department

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Department of Exercise and Sports Science will operate remotely for the Fall 2020 semester and are available for virtual appointments or by phone. The office is located at 155 North Street. If you have paperwork for Dr. Wigmore or Cheryl Sarasin, please place it in the box labeled “In Box." The chair will communicate via email that it was received. If a student has been instructed to pick up paperwork, an envelope with the students name will be placed in the box labeled “Pick Up Box.” If you have questions or concerns, i.e. you want to switch in or out of the major, who is my advisor, How do I ? Please contact Cheryl Sarasin at csarasi1@fitchburgstate.edu, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm by phone at 978-665-3304 or by email Monday- Friday, 8am – 4:30pm. To make an appointment with an Exercise and Sports Science faculty member, please contact them directly. Contact information and office hours are listed elsewhere on this page. To request an appointment with the department Chair, Dr. Wigmore, please email dwigmor1@fitchburgstate.edu, office hours will be held, Wednesdays 9am - 10am or by appointment. To join office hours virtually, visit meet.google.com/sha-gfmd-uvi and enter the phone number (‪US)‪+1 747-202-5259 and PIN ‪576 248 620#

Location: 155 North Street, Exercise and Sports Science Building
Chairperson: Dr. Danielle Wigmore, 978.665.3250
Secretary: Cheryl Sarasin, 978.665.3304
Admissions Office: 978.665.3144 or admissions@fitchburgstate.edu

Interior of the Exercise and Sports Science Building


The Exercise and Sports Science (EXSS) major is both multi and interdisciplinary.

It is multidisciplinary in that it is the integration of anatomy, physiology, physics, psychology, and learning theory to describe and explain responses and adaptation to exercise and training and applies that knowledge to enhance physical potential for health, for sport, and in rehabilitation.

It is interdisciplinary in that it draws from biology and business administration to provide a foundation in these disciplines to support exercise science applications as well as to enhance career preparedness.

Our major (EXSS) places an increased focus on science-based academics. This science background is necessary to understand the concepts inherent in EXSS courses like exercise physiology, functional anatomy, cardiovascular and electrophysiology, biomechanics of sport, and many others. Students who continue on to graduate school in exercise science, physical therapy or similar advanced degree programs may find additional coursework like organic chemistry, physics and calculus are commonly required.

Our EXSS majors have several possible avenues following graduation based on these various applications to the discipline. The EXSS major provides students with the training they'll need to pursue a career in an industry that offers a multitude of choices.

Student running on a treadmill and wearing an oxygen mask


Alsup, Jessica - Exercise Physiology
Godin, Jeffrey - High Performance Physiology; Sports Nutrition
Heikkinen, David - Exercise Physiology; Training Adaptations
Hilliard, Timothy - Age and Sex-based Neuromechanical Control
Keenan, Karen - Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
Maldari, Monica - Clinical Exercise Physiology; Science Education
Parisi, Lindsay - Exercise Physiology
Talanian, Jason - Exercise Physiology; Training Adaptations
Wigmore, Danielle - Exercise Physiology; Cardiovascular & Muscular Physiology


The Exercise Science Laboratory is primarily for teaching, where students can gain hands-on-experience utilizing a variety of basic high tech instruments that are commonly used for research and in clinical settings. The Exercise Science lab is where students in the major take courses such as exercise physiology, functional anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning, and exercise testing and prescription. Associated with the laboratory is a well-equipped fitness center where students interested in the fitness industry may obtain valuable practical experience. We will provide an opportunity for student and faculty research utilizing a variety of basic equipment to answer questions related with the exercise sciences.