The exercise science major curriculum is derived from the national standards as set forth by the largest and most respected sports medicine and strength and conditioning organizations in the world the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The exercise science major is attractive to students who have an interest in sports, exercise, health fields, personal training, and corporate fitness and wellness positions. It also prepares students for graduate studies in physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, physician assistants or sports medicine. It is important to prepare students to meet the requirements to sit for board-certified exams and the curriculum is designed with this goal in mind. This allows students the opportunity to develop their potential through the occupational areas they may be interested in pursuing. Class assignments allow for individual flexibility to relate to their particular field of interest. The major prepares our students to be leaders in the field of sport and exercise, thereby promoting the prominence of women in a field dominated by a male hierarchy. Salem offers both a bachelor of arts (BA) and a bachelor of science (BS) in exercise science.