Chair of the Department: Janet Whatley Blum
Faculty in Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences
Professor: Croteau; Associate Professors: Blum, Scott, Toy; Assistant Professor: Schilling; Lecturer: Towne
The Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences offers degrees in athletic training, exercise science (concentrating in exercise physiology or health fitness), and health sciences. The Department's athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Department's health fitness concentration within the exercise science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion of the curriculum, the undergraduate athletic training student will be eligible to challenge the Board of Certification (BOC) examination leading to national certification as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) and licensure as an Athletic Trainer (LAT) in most states, including Maine. Upon completion of their respective curricula, exercise science majors will be eligible to challenge an eclectic mix of national certification examinations including the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Health Fitness Specialist and Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification examinations and the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) examination. Health sciences graduates are prepared for careers in general health science fields and for admission to graduate and professional programs.
In addition to the requirements established for admission to the University, the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences requires applicants to have successfully completed high school chemistry and biology with labs. Students cannot double major within department offerings.
Experiential Learning Requirements
Most department majors require supervised clinical, practicum, and/or internship experiences. Thus, the exercise, health, and sport sciences faculty reserve the right to limit enrollment in these programs.
In addition, clinical, practica, and internship experiences occur in a variety of settings in the southern Maine area, thus students must provide their own transportation to rural as well as urban areas. It is highly recommended that students purchase professional liability insurance.
Change of Major
Students enrolled in other USM programs of study desiring to enroll in athletic training, exercise science, or health sciences through the change of major process must have a 2.50 USM GPA to do so. Students cannot double major within department offerings.
Each exercise, health, and sport sciences laboratory and clinical course offering has a fee ranging from $20 to $150.