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Exercise & Sports Science


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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  • 100% of ESS Majors secured jobs

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
Featured Video

Exercise and Sports Science Video

See how Meredith exercise and sports science students are going strong.

Exercise and Sports Science Program Video

See how Meredith exercise and sports science students are going strong.

Hannah Gerding

Hannah Gerding

Hannah Gerding, ’17, knew when she arrived at Meredith College that she wanted to be a physical therapist.

Alyssa Codispoti

Alyssa Codispoti

As a student-athlete and member of the National Guard, Alyssa Codispoti plans to be an officer in the military.

Katie Burnet

Katie Burnet

Lacrosse player Katie Burnet's Meredith experience was shaped by personal guidance from her faculty and coach.

Undergraduate Research

Analysis of the Effects of Physical and Reactive Training on Agility Performance

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

As an ESS major, you 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