Health Sciences Department - Exercise Physiology Major

Studying Exercise Physiology

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Our major in exercise physiology gives you the opportunity to explore the fascinating ways that the human body works, and the challenges we face to peak functioning. Through courses such as Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Sociology of Sport, and Exercise Testing and Prescription, you’ll develop a foundation of knowledge to support further study and a rewarding career. You’ll gain hands-on experience in the field through an internship and conduct original research through a senior research seminar. We support our health science students with a powerful array of research equipment in our Health and Human Performance Lab.

Careers and graduate education

Many exercise physiology students move onto graduate studies before entering careers in physical or occupational therapy, medicine and nursing, chiropractic, or dentistry, among other fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for these career areas is very strong, ranging from an increase of 20-40% over the next ten years. 

Please see our catalog for the course requirements and descriptions of a major in exercise physiology.