Exercise Science

Exercise Science

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You love to be active, and you recognize the life-giving value of physical activity and therapy for every single person.

If you want to spend your career helping people be more active, exercise science is the ticket.


Program Description

Housed in the Health and Human Performance department, exercise science has health-related physical fitness at its core. Experiences within the exercise science degree include multiple lab-based courses, hands-on learning experiences, collaborative research projects with faculty, internships within the department, athletics, and the community, the Health and Human Performance club, and the Exercise is Medicine on Campus® initiative.


Career Opportunities

Exercise science prepares students for careers and/or graduate study in exercise physiology, athletic training, strength and conditioning, the fitness and wellness industry, and many other career paths. You might see exercise science graduates as physical or occupational therapists, athletic trainers, fitness and wellness trainers, and more. 

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A study of fundamental anatomical, mechanical, and neuromuscular principles as they apply to human movement.

Exercise Physiology

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of human physiology and response to muscular activity and exercise in human performance. Specific topics addressed are an introduction to exercise physiology and its history, physiological support systems (cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuromuscular, endocrine), energy transfer and basic nutritional considerations.

Nutrition for Sport and Fitness

This course examines basic nutritional principles and the effects on the human body. Diets for individual and special needs are reviewed. Special emphasis is placed on nutritional needs for physical fitness.