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Exercise Science

Department of Biology, Environmental Science, and Athletic Training

Christopher A. Cink, Ph.D., Chair



Mission Statement of the Exercise Science Program

The Waynesburg University Exercise Science (ESC) program seeks to prepare students for successful careers by supplying a comprehensive liberal arts education and in-depth study in Exercise Science. The program provides opportunities for student to achieve balance between academic scholarship and the acquisition of skills necessary for careers in healthcare. The curriculum design provides opportunities for the development, synthesis, and demonstration of cognitive competency and professional behavior. The curriculum is enriched in the sciences along with the Christian principles on which the University was founded. The American College of Sports medicine (ACSM) Code of Ethics guides our efforts to provide the means, inspiration and values that will enable our students to pursue successful, productive, and compassionate lives of service.

Exercise Science Program Purpose, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes


The purpose of the ESC program at Waynesburg University is to prepare students for a career in healthcare that leads to the students fulfilling a path of life, leadership, and service with and among others.


The goals of the ESC program are to:

  1. Prepare students for employment as exercise, rehabilitation, recreational, educational, or athletic professionals.
  2. Provided students the ability to gain experience in their respective fields by developing opportunities for students to learn and practice their knowledge, skills, and abilities under direct supervision of qualified healthcare professionals.
  3. Incorporate leadership abilities through the Christian faith by fully engaging in their clinical sites and community services.
  4. Provide opportunities for students to participate in the advancement within the field of exercise science.
  5. Allow students to compete for scholarly awards, scholarship, and grants.

Program/Student Learning Outcomes

The students, upon completion of the ESC program, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competence as a healthcare provider.
  2. Integrate communication skills, both written and oral, as a health care provider within the larger context of the health care system to be able to work collectively with other health care professionals.
  3. Assess and construct ethical, moral, and legal behavior as a healthcare provider.
  4. Integrate the most current technological, innovative, and evidence-based approach to effectively practice with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings, and with various healthcare professionals.
  5. Integrate the Christian tradition/mission to incorporate life, leadership, and service with and among others.
  6. Critique and engage in research to enhance the quality of care for the healthcare profession.

Program progression

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in the major in order to progress to the junior and senior year.

All required courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C- or higher, and a student may repeat a required course no more than once.

Additionally, in some cases, students may have to take additional courses to meet the specific admission requirements of the graduate school/program of their choice (e.g. Physics I & II, Chemistry I & II, etc.).