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Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology is a program of study that is designed for individuals who have a strong interest in fitness and science. The coursework includes classes in basic science, such as chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physics and science-based classes that are specific to exercise, such as exercise prescription, resistance training, motor development and biomechanics.

This program prepares students to work in the fields of health and fitness, clinical diagnostics, rehabilitation, and fitness performance settings. This program also prepares students for graduate programs in exercise physiology and health related disciplines, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy. In efforts to enhance employment opportunities students who graduate from this program often pursue certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Most of the certifications offered from these organizations require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology (or a related field).


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Program Information

Ohio University Catalog for Exercise Physiology (BS8122)


Important Information for Students

Students interested in the Exercise Physiology program will enter Ohio University with a pre-major code of ND8839 (Pre-exercise Physiology). To be admitted into the major (BS8122), the student must apply after having successfully completed, with a grade of C or higher and an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0, coursework in chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology and basic exercise physiology.

Major Hours Requirement: The exercise physiology major requires a minimum of 128 hours.

University-wide Graduation Requirements: To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Health Sciences and Professions: View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Health Sciences and Professions.


Pre-exercise Physiology Major Requirements

Students enter the exercise physiology major through the pre-exercise physiology major. Students must complete the courses listed in major requisite courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course to be admitted into the major. Completion of the exercise physiology major also requires the completion of courses in exercise physiology core requirements.

  • BIOS 1700: Biological Sciences I: Molecules and Cells
  • BIOS 1705: Biological Sciences I: Laboratory
  • BIOS 1710: Biological Sciences II: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Body Systems
  • BIOS 1715: Biological Sciences II Laboratory
  • EXPH 1490: Introduction to Exercise Science
  • EXPH 2490: Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • PHYS 2001: Introduction to Physics
  • PHYS 2002: Introduction to Physics

Mathematics Requirement: Complete one of the following courses:

  • MATH 1350: Survey of Calculus
  • MATH 2301: Calculus I

Chemistry Requirement: In order to apply to the exercise physiology major you must complete one of the following chemistry options a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course.

Chemistry Option 1: Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1210: Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1220: Principles of Chemistry II

Chemistry Option 2: Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1510: Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1520: Fundamentals of Chemistry II

Chemistry Option 3: Complete the following courses:  

  • CHEM 1510: Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1220: Principles of Chemistry II


Exercise Physiology Core Requirements

Complete the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course (or CR for EXPH 2921):

  • EXPH 2921: Practicum in Exercise Physiology
  • BIOS 3010: Human Anatomy
  • BIOS 3015: Human Anatomy Lab
  • BIOS 3450: Human Physiology
  • BIOS 3455: Human Physiology Laboratory
  • EXPH 3020: Biomechanics and Applied Kinesiology
  • EXPH 4140: Physiology of Exercise
  • EXPH 4150: Physiology of Exercise Lab
  • EXPH 4160: Resistance Training: Theory and Application
  • EXPH 4490: Cardiovascular Assessments in Exercise Physiology
  • EXPH 4495: Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations
  • EXPH 4850: Motor Development
  • NUTR 1000: Introduction to Nutrition
  • PSY 1010: General Psychology

Complete one of the following courses:  

  • EXPH 4610: Advanced Topics in Exercise Performance
  • EXPH 4900: Special Topics in Exercise Physiology


Related Requirements

Complete both of the following courses:

  • EXPH 2280: Community First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • PSY 2110: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ANTH 1010: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 1000: Introduction to Sociology


Skill Development

Complete the following course:

  • EXPH 2590: Physical Fitness



Complete one of the following courses:

  • PED 1300: Aqua Aerobics
  • PED 1301: Fundamentals of Swimming
  • PED 1302: Fundamentals Swim Conditioning
  • PED 2301: Intermediate Swimming
  • PED 2302: Intermediate Swim Conditioning
  • PED 2801: Advanced Swimming
  • PESS 2180: Life Guard Training
  • PESS 2200: Water Safety for Instructors


Sports Skills and Lifetime Activities
  • Complete any PED course not listed under the Aquatics category above.


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Exercise Physiology at Ohio University