Exercise Science

Get moving!

The exercise science program at Davis & Elkins College provides you with a working knowledge of the physiology of exercise and exercise testing and prescription. In addition to coursework in wellness, kinesiology, research methods, human anatomy and much more, you are required to complete either an academic minor other than athletic training, an emphasis in athletic training or completion of the pre-professional specialization in pre-physical therapy.

Learn from faculty members who have extensive knowledge, practical experience and the dedication necessary to inspire you to achieve your goals. During your academic year, you’ll be provided with a variety of engaging experiences, both on and off campus, to help you build a strong resume which is necessary to succeed.


As a student studying exercise science you’ll complete an internship under professional supervision. Our strong alumni network and faculty connections will provide you with opportunities to engage with leaders in the industry.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a career in public and privately owned wellness and fitness centers, corporate fitness facilities and clinical therapeutic programs including cardiac and stroke rehabilitation centers.

Other career opportunities include: personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, personal training instructor, geriatric fitness instructor, weight-control counselor, exercise test technologist and community health worker. Students studying exercise science at D&E have a very high placement rate for graduate school as they are well prepared to continue their education through an excellent academic foundation.


Students majoring in the sport sciences have a range of facilities to further their learning experiences.

The McDonnell Center for Health, Physical Education and Athletics is D&E’s main indoor athletic facility. The athletic training suite, a key learning facility for sport science students, houses two therapeutic whirlpools for rehabilitation, three electrical stimulation units to help student-athletes recover from injuries, and Game Ready, a therapy system that integrates cold and compression. The suite also includes various equipment necessary for student-athlete therapy rehabilitation.

Adjacent to The McDonnell Center, Hermason Center includes George A. Myles Pool and Robbins-Madden Fitness Center. Utilized by sport science students enrolled aquatics courses, the pool area was renovated in 2012. The fitness center offers a variety of cardiovascular equipment, CYBEX strength equipment, and a complete free weight area with Olympic benches and racks.

Student performing athletic training
Student working out
Student racking a weight

Department Directory

Scott Biola

Adjunct Faculty, Education

Desiree Carlyle

Administrative Assistant, Education Department; Certification Analyst
Mary Ann DeLuca

Mary Ann DeLuca

Chair and Professor of Sport Science; Special Adviser to Athletics Ed.D.

Jannette Michael

Adjunct Faculty, Education

Kim Payne

Adjunct Faculty, Sport Science
Danielle Riggins

Danielle Riggins

Instructor of Education
Jennifer Riggleman

Jennifer Riggleman

Assistant Professor of Sport Science; Faculty Athletic Representative Ed.D.
Jennifer Tesar

Jennifer Tesar

Chair, Division of Education and Sport Science; Associate Professor of Education

Kristin Teter

Adjunct Faculty, Education

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