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Exercise & Sports Science

Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) is the study of immediate and long-term effects of physical activity on the body. Prepare for a career in your field as you examine the contribution of anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning, physiology, and health behaviors in the development of effective movement skills, exercise, and sports performance.



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At Meredith, our ideal location near downtown Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park means you’ll have access to a variety of internships that prepare you for any number of careers. Recent internships held by ESS students include:

  • Rex Wellness Centers
  • WakeMed
  • Triangle Volleyball Club
  • Triangle Orthopedics
  • Workplace Solutions
  • Valencell

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Exercise and Sports Science Video

Majoring in ESS at Meredith College will prepare you for a career in your field whether you plan to go to work right after graduation or pursue graduate or professional school.

Exercise and Sports Science Program

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Meredith student-athlete Essence Thomas

Essence Thomas

Exercise and sports science major Essence Thomas, '20, plans to become a physical therapist with the armed services after she graduates.

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Brittany Preston

After Brittany Preston, ’19, graduated from Meredith she headed to Liberty University to earn a Master of Science in exercise science and wellness with a concentration in fitness and performance.

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Sarah Arbes

After completing her undergraduate degree, Sarah Arbes, ’19, returned to Meredith to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in health and physical education.

Undergraduate Research

Students gather with a professor in the fitness center

As an ESS major, you’ll be encouraged to conduct research while pursuing your degree. Identify a special topic and work under the supervision of a professor or join a research team. Recent research topics include:

  • An Investigation of Relationships between Freshman Academic Credit Hours and Health Status of Undergraduate Females
  • The Effects of Sports Drinks on Aerobic Performance
  • An Analysis of the Effects of Physical and Reactive Training on Agility Performance
  • Influences of Fitness Assessment Programs on Female Undergraduate Exercise and Sport Science Majors
Sports Science Association

Detail of instrument used in gathering athlete performance data

ESS majors can join the Sports Science Association and gain valuable hands-on experience. Help organize a community event. Support your fellow students’ health and wellness. Attend professional conferences and meetings.

Learn more about SSA