Recreation: Exercise Studies
Physical fitness is a fast-growing, popular and necessary field in America and around the world. The Recreation: Exercise Studies degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in public or private fitness centers, YMCA’s, hospitals, and other wellness centers. Students will develop a foundation for fitness assessments, exercise program, aerobics, personal training, recreation leadership skills and knowledge required to be an effective and competent fitness leader, to apply for certification from several different national accredited fitness agencies. Students will graduate with a background in the liberal arts and sciences; they will also be prepared for transfer to a Fitness or Recreation related baccalaureate degree program and to work effectively and safely in the field. Students considering this program should note the intensity of coursework and with all exercise programs, a complete physical exam by a licensed health professional is strongly recommended prior to starting this program.
(for those matriculating in 2017-2018)
Agencies offering Certification in Fitness/Personal Training
- American College of Sports Medicine
- National Academy of Sports Medicine
- American Council on Exercise
- National Exercise Trainer Association
Recreation: Exercise Studies graduates are employed at a variety of settings including Curves For Women, the YMCA (Cortland), the YWCA (Cortland), Finger Lakes Fitness (Ithaca), Cortland Fitness Center (Cortland), Littlefield’s Personal Training(Ithaca), Anytime Fitness Center (Cortland), , Nautilus Fitness Center (Binghamton), and the YMCA (Johnson City). Local and national opportunities also include Gold’s Gym, and Bally’s Total Fitness.
The program provides a strong foundation for transfer as a junior to a four-year college.
For specific transfer information, contact the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office. Potential graduate transfer options include
- SUNY College at Brockport
- SUNY College at Cortland
- CUNY Brooklyn College
- Ithaca College
- Lock Haven University
- SUNY Morrisville State College
Program ChairPatrick Mercer
Associate Professor (Recreation)