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Exercise Physiology Major

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The 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.

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. Students often pursue certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association to enhance employment opportunities.

About our Curriculum

Successful completion of this program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Physiology of Exercise. 

Students also can choose to pursue a concentration by adding several additional courses:

See degree requirements for the Exercise Physiology degree in the official Academic Catalog.

Prepare for a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

For those who want to continue their education with a graduate degree, our master's degree program in exercise physiology provides students with the specialized skills needed to work in either a clinical, research, or field-based environment. 

  • Our Research Specialization is a two-year program that requires a master's thesis. 
  • Our Clinical Specialization is a four-semester program, typically starting and ending in the summer. 
  • And our Human Performance Specialization focuses on engagement, practicum, and internship opportunities in performance coaching and analytics that will prepare you to be a competitive human performance practitioner.



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