Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences


The University of Southern Maine (USM) College of Science, Technology, and Health and the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences offer bachelors degrees in Exercise Science, Health Sciences, and Recreation and Leisure Studies. A master’s degree in Athletic Training is also available which has an accelerated pathway through the bachelors degree in Health Sciences.

These innovative programs offer students the opportunity to gain clinical experience while using the most advanced sports medicine equipment available. Upon completion of the curriculum, the undergraduate athletic training student will be eligible to challenge the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for the Athletic Trainer. 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.

Mission Statement of the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

The Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences (EHSS) develops highly skilled practitioners and lifelong learners.  EHSS offers accredited, professional programs that provide a quality learning environment through content-rich curricula, student-faculty interactions, and active learning experiences to emphasize the application of knowledge.  We boast a framework for the development of scholarship and reflective inquiry which prepares students for post-graduate study.  The Department positively impacts citizens in Maine on a local, national, and global level.