Exercise Science B.S.

students studying athlete on treadmill

Students in the Exercise Science program prepare for a career through "hands-on" learning experiences. There is an increasing need throughout the world for qualified exercise science professionals. Future career opportunities exist in the following settings or positions: corporate fitness programs, commercial fitness centers, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation programs, strength and conditioning coordinator, personal training services and ergonomics.

Students must be first aid/CPR certified and are required to complete service learning projects within their discipline. The curriculum consists of courses from a variety of disciplines including public health, health sciences and behavioral sciences. Central to the program of study is applied service learning opportunities offered through a range of course projects and internships. Georgia College offers an undergraduate curriculum that emphasizes liberal arts and includes professional degree programs that provide students with a breadth and depth of preparation for their intended careers.

Students pursuing the BS degree in Exercise Science will choose from one of three concentration tracks*: 

  • BS in Exercise Science with a concentration in Performance and Fitness (students wishing to be personal trainers, strength, conditioning, and/or fitness professionals);
  • BS in Exercise Science with a concentration in Pre-Professional (students wishing to continue their education in a professional school such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, etc.); or
  • BS in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine (students interested in the area of athletic training who may want to pursue that degree at the graduate level). 

*The concentration area will also be noted on a student’s transcripts.

Exercise Science is a natural fit for students looking to go into medicine and physical therapy/rehabilitation because our program focuses on primary prevention. Graduates in Exercise Science are qualified for entry level and managerial positions in corporate, hospital, government, school and private health and fitness programs. Graduates will also be qualified to take several American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association certification examinations. Students will also be qualified to pursue graduate degrees in human performance (both research and clinically based). Program graduates will also have a sufficient knowledge base to be strong applicants for physical therapy, physician assistant and medical school.



Program Goals & Objectives

Exercise Science Program Goals and Objectives

Based upon American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Curricular Guidelines.

General Learning Outcome/Specific Learning Outcome:       

Specific Goal 1:

Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities identified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS). 

Desired Performance Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and basic biomechanical principles.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of exercise physiology including muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, and respiratory physiology.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct safe and effective fitness tests and health risk appraisals.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of and skills required for basic emergency procedures and first aid.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to develop safe and effective exercise programs for normal & special populations.
  6. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of sound nutritional concepts and safe weight management techniques.

Specific Goal 2:

Students will integrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a hands-on manner in a professional Allied Health setting. 

Desired Performance Outcome

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to work within a professional allied health setting.

Specific Goal 3:

Students will demonstrate skills in risk factor and health status identification, fitness assessment and exercise prescription. 

Desired Performance Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to obtain medical health histories and conduct health risk appraisals. 
  2. Students will be able to recommend appropriate exercise programming guidelines for normal and special populations.

Specific Goal 4:

Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively educate and/or counsel individuals regarding lifestyle modification. 

Desired Performance Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to assess stress- related activities and appropriate stress relief techniques.
  2. Students will perform a scientifically based multi-media presentation.
  3. Students will be able to effectively function as a productive team member in a professional allied health setting.

Specific Goal 5:

Students will design and organize health and fitness programs for a wide range of apparently healthy individuals (low risk), athletic populations and/or various special populations (diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, etc.). 

Desired Performance Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to develop safe exercise programming for special populations.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to create effective training routines for athletic populations.

Program Coordinator

Exercise Science

Mike Martino

Mike Martino

Professor - Exercise Science and Exercise Science Program Coordinator
329 Health Sciences Building

PhD, Exercise Physiology, The University of Alabama


Dr. Martino received his BA from Furman University in Health and Exercise Science in 1988. From 1990 to 1995, he completed his MA and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, with emphases in Molecular Biology, Statistics, Nutrition, and Health Promotion. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with distinction through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Master Instructor for the Evidence Based Fitness Academy, a certified Functional Movement Screen professional, a Certified Battling Ropes Coach, and a Cancer Exercise Specialist. During his tenure at Alabama, he served as an assistant coach to the nationally ranked varsity swimming team. Dr. Martino has been involved with fitness and human performance for over 35 years. From 1983 to 1988, he was a scholarship athlete at Furman University and developed into a world class swimmer. His unique combination of education and elite level coaching has provided him with the opportunity to work with a variety of groups including; Olympic gold medalists, elite level college athletes, personal training clients, cancer survivors, geriatric patients, and adolescents. Dr. Martino served as a USA Swimming National Team Coach from 1990 to 2000. He was a member of the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Advisory Coaching Staffs in Barcelona and Atlanta. He has traveled the world competing, coaching and lecturing on human performance. Dr. Martino began his career at Georgia College in 1997 and is a tenured full professor serving as the Coordinator for the undergraduate Exercise Science and graduate Human Performance programs. He has won the university wide Excellence in Teaching and Service awards during his tenure at GC. In addition, he currently serves as the Bobcats Sports Performance Program Director overseeing 200 varsity athletes with the assistance of graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Health and Human Performance. He has been a member of the NSCA since 1987 and has served as the Georgia State Director, SE Regional Coordinator and Chair of the State Provincial Director Committee. In 2012, he received the prestigious Educator of the Year Award presented by the NSCA for his outstanding teaching and service to the field of strength and conditioning.