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Exercise Science

The Major

Exercise science is the study of movement and of the responses and adaptations to movement. The field involves disciplines ranging from the study of how organ systems work at the cellular level to the biomechanical efficiency of work. The exercise scientist must understand the basis of exercise induced physiological responses; consequently, the degree program is rigorous, based on scientific theory and research. Graduates will be leaders in promotion and maintenance of health, activity, and fitness in the workplace or enroll in graduate professional programs in exercise science, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.

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The exercise science degree program is housed in the Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance and requires 126 semester hours of coursework, including a 12-credit hour full-time internship. Coursework includes nutrition, diet and weight control, exercise testing and prescription, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, strength and conditioning, health promotion, and physical activity among aging populations. Students planning for graduate study in physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, or physician assistant can select required pre-requisite classes such as chemistry, physics or psychology to fulfill entry requirements. The curriculum is designed to allow students to tailor course selections to meet career goals in exercise science or to fulfill requirements of graduate education in allied health disciplines.

Program of Study

Applicants must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours for acceptance in EXSC with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for all coursework and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for all coursework in the EXSC core. Students submit an application packet for admission to the EXSC program to the program director during the fall semester of the junior year that includes: (a) official transcript from all institutions of higher education attended; (b) EXSC application form; (c) an admission essay (500 words, two pages, that details the student’s career goals and current progress towards these career goals); and (d) two professional letters of recommendation. Candidates admitted into EXSC must continue to maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.

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