UMass Boston

Exercise & Health Sciences BS

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Gain health science experience through evidence-based practice.

As a student in the Exercise and Health Sciences BS program at UMass Boston, you will develop a strong foundation in the science of exercise, nutrition, and health. With a focus on evidence-based practice and practical experience, you will gain the skills and tools you need to help individuals and communities achieve better health and wellness. 

In this program, you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the science behind exercise and health, with coursework covering topics such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and exercise prescription
  • Experience hands-on learning, with opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships, research projects, and community engagement initiatives
  • Emerge prepared for a career in a variety of settings, from clinical and community-based health programs to corporate wellness programs and private practice.

Career Possibilities

Help others on their path to physical betterment as a physical trainer or fitness instructor. Join your favorite sports team as a strength and conditioning trainer. Or, work in a clinical setting to facilitate major breakthroughs as a research assistant. Whatever your goals may be, your education is designed to support you.

Become a:

  • Physical Therapist 
  • Exercise Physiologist 
  • Health Coach 
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Research Coordinator 
  • Nutritionist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

Apply for Admission

Please review the first-year and transfer apply pages for important information about application requirements, deadlines, and application status check.

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student

Deadlines & Cost

Early action deadline: November 1; Regular Decision Deadline: June 15

Financing Your Education

Become a Beacon and pursue your passion in UMass Boston’s diverse, supportive environment. Many students across our 200+ undergraduate and graduate programs receive financial aid—providing access to an education that’s exceptional and affordable. Click below to learn more about financial aid opportunities and deadlines.

Financial Aid Deadlines & Application Process 

Scholarships for First-Year & Transfer Students

For additional information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office or send an email to


Course Requirements

Core Courses (42 Credits)

  • BIOL 207 - Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Credit(s)
  • BIOL 208 - Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Credit(s)
  • EHS 120 - Careers in Exercise & Health 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 160 - Fitness & Wellness 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 230 - Strength and Conditioning 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 260 - Physical Activity & Health 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 280 - Statistics for Health Professionals 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 300 - Health Fitness Assessment 4 Credit(s)
  • EHS 310 - Applied Kinesiology 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 320 - Adapted Physical Activity 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 345 - Health Behavior Change 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 370 - Exercise Program Design 3 Credit(s)
  • EHS 385 - Exercise Physiology I 3 Credit(s)

Electives (9 Credits)

Take three additional exercise and health science courses. At least one course must be at the 300-level or higher.

Internship (12 Credits)

  • EHS 490 - Internship in Exercise Physiology 12 Credit(s)


  • EHS 491 - Internship in Exercise and Health Sciences 6 Credit(s)


  • Two EHS electives at the 300-level or higher

Graduation Criteria

Degree Requirements

If this is the student’s only or primary major, the degree requirements below must be completed for graduation. See graduation requirements for more information.


Major Requirements

Complete 63 credits from at least 17 courses including 13 required courses, three electives, and an internship requirement (one twelve-credit internship course or one six-credit internship course and two electives).

Minimum grade: A minimum grade of C- is required for all major courses.
Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the major.


Please contact for questions. 

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