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Exercise Physiology Degree Options

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  • Why Study Exercise Physiology

    An Exercise Physiologist studies the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity.  An exercise physiologist can apply this knowledge to improve or maintain health, fitness, or performance. Exercise physiologists are also scientists who investigate the responses and adaptations to muscular activity. They study these in human or animal subjects within a clinical setting, research institute or an academic institution.

    Degree Options

  • Majors & Minors

    Exercise Physiology, B.S. - Course Catalog Major Requirements
    The program has a 36 credit core curriculum which serves as the foundation for the major and students select exercise physiology and non-exercise physiology elective courses to concentrate their studies based on their post baccalaureate career goals. There are four possible concentrations:

    • Fitness Professionals Concentration: prepares students for immediate employment in the wellness, health promotion, and fitness industries, and includes courses in accounting and marketing. ( Download Plan of Study)
    • Pre-Allied Health Concentration: prepares students for graduate education in physician assistant sciences, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.  ( Download Plan of Study)
    • Research Graduate Concentration: prepares students for a career in research or advanced graduate education in exercise physiology. Those most interested in obtaining a PhD. ( Download Plan of Study)
    • Pre-Med Concentration: prepares students for careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry or Veterinary sciences. Pre-medical students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. ( Download Plan of Study | Course Catalog Major Requirements )


    Further Education

    Exercise Physiology also provides the strong foundation that you need to pursue additional education for a career in:

    • Cancer Care Rehabilitation
    • Physician
    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Athletic Trainer 

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    Career Opportunities

    Graduates have had successful careers as:

    • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
    • Personal Trainer 
    • Strength and Conditioning Coach 
    • Fitness Program Director