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Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology

student studying exercise physiology

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology is the study of how the body responds to the stress of exercise, a field that requires an understanding of the basic sciences such as anatomy and physiology, as well as the applied exercise sciences.

Our undergraduate program begins with these foundational sciences and gradually adds the applied skills needed to make the applications of this discipline. Students will gain practical experience at community-based fitness centers within the University and/or in the surrounding community and gain research experience in the areas of childhood obesity, metabolism, athletic performance, neuromuscular responses to exercise and other project areas.

Successful completion of this program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Physiology of Exercise. Common careers for those with a bachelor's degree include cardiac rehabilitation, community and corporate fitness, and strength and conditioning of athletes. Graduates of the program are eligible to attend graduate school where they can study exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, medical and other health-related programs. 

Exercise Physiology Curriculum Details


Exercise Physiology Professional Organizations

American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association
American Society of Exercise Physiologists
American College of Sports Medicine - Midwest Chapter
American Physiological Society

Information about other Professional Programs

American Physical Therapy Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Medical Association
National Athletic Trainer's Association

Opportunities for Experiential Learning

Campus Recreation