Movement & Sport Sciences

Exercise Science

Introduction and Overview

A major in Exercise Science prepares students to integrate principles from the physical sciences, kinesiology, and health into the study of the science of human movement.  Students who pursue this degree often plan to attend professional post-baccalaureate programs in the allied health sciences (i.e. physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, etc). Students completing the major in Exercise Science will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of cell structure, cell function, organismal form and function, human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine, exercise and special populations, nutrition, stress management, substance use and abuse;
  2. Demonstrate practical laboratory skills focused on application to health sciences including skills in physiological testing, exercise prescription, and exercise leadership;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply skills and knowledge within a professional allied health setting, integrating ethical standards and an appreciation of diversity in their professional lives;
  4. Demonstrate ability to succeed in future study in a variety of allied health fields that are clinically-oriented and that place an emphasis on research-based practice.

This major is delivered jointly with the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Exercise Science candidates must have two advisors--one from Movement and Sport Sciences and one from Natural Science.

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