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Exercise Physiology Degree Options

  • 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

    Exercise Physiology, B.S.
    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:

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

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Health Sciences to view degree requirements.

    • Exercise Physiology, Minor 
    • Exercise Physiology Diving, Minor
    • Interdisciplinary Minor in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine 

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Health Sciences to view degree requirements.

    Career Opportunities

    We know the possibilities are endless. You could work as a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, a personal trainer, a strength and conditioning coach, or direct an employee fitness program.  Exercise Physiology also provides the strong foundation that you need to pursue additional education for a career as a physician, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist or athletic trainer. And of course you can pursue advanced study in exercise physiology for a career as a researcher or university instructor. Very often such a person conducts research and teaches academic courses in exercise physiology, environmental physiology, or applied human physiology for students of medicine, physiology, physical education and other health-related fields.