Exercise, Health, and Sports Sciences Overview
Chair of the Department: James Graves
Professors: Graves, Scott; Associate Professor: Toy; Assistant Professors: Daily, Ross; Lecturers: Madden, Murphy, Neptune
The Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences offers degrees in athletic training, exercise science, and health sciences.
The Department's athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 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.
The Department's exercise science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion of the curriculum, the undergraduate exercise science student will be eligible to challenge an eclectic mix of national certification examinations including the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer® and Certified Exercise Physiologist® 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 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.
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 minimum USM GPA of 2.50. Students cannot double major within department offerings.
Experiential Learning Requirements
Most department majors require supervised clinical, practicum, or internship experiences. Thus, the exercise, health, and sport sciences faculty reserve the right to limit enrollment in these programs.
In addition, clinical, practicum, 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.
Each exercise, health, and sport sciences laboratory and clinical course offering has a fee ranging from $20 to $150.