Exercise and Sports Science Department

The study of science-based academics necessary to understand the concepts inherent in sports science courses. 
Exercise and Sports Science students

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.

If you want to continue on to graduate school in exercise science, physical therapy or similar advanced degree programs, you'll find additional coursework like organic chemistry, physics and calculus to be  commonly required.

Majors and Concentrations

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Prepares you for employment in the health promotion industry as well as for health-related graduate programs.

Fitness Management

Ensures a solid foundation in the various disciplines that comprise this multidisciplinary field of study.

Strength Training and Conditioning

Prepares you to work with athletes as a strength and conditioning coach. 

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.

Course Rotation, Plan of Study, and University Catalog

Policies and Information

Meet Our Faculty

Exercise and Sports Sciences Faculty

Hands-On Experiences

Study Abroad

Study the world by traveling it.  


Hands-on experience that prepares you for your career. 

Beyond the Classroom

Clubs and Organizations

Meet likeminded students on campus through our Exercise and Sports Science club, which seeks to promote a healthy lifestyle through exercise and education. 
Read more about: Clubs and Organizations

Questions? Get in touch!

Please reach out with any questions you might have, either though the contact information below or by contacting the department chair, Dr. Danielle Wigmore, 978.665.3250.

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#

Facility and Equipment Information

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.