The mission of the Department of Exercise Science is to foster
professional preparation of students by incorporating theory, applied
experiences, and research-based opportunities for scientific inquiry. The Exercise
Science faculty prepare students to support the human services industry in
areas such as personal training, strength and conditioning, physical therapy,
occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, coaching,
and many others.
Exercise Science is the study of physical
activity and how the body responds to physical activity. Exercise Science is
comprised of various sub-disciplines, including exercise physiology,
biomechanics, motor behavior, and the psychology of sport and physical
activity. Students interested in the Exercise Science Major should have preparation
in biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Exercise Scientists rely on
scientific knowledge in these areas to advance the understanding of how the
body responds to physical activity – physically, physiologically, and
psychologically – to improve wellness and quality of life, such as by reducing
the development of health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
The Exercise Science Minor
provides students with content from a breadth of disciplines in the exercise
science field. The minor is ideal for students who are interested in broadening
their experience and knowledge base in the study and analysis of principles
related to human movement.
The Coaching Minor
prepares future coaches on the mechanical, physiological, and psychological
aspects of coaching. It is particularly advantageous to those interested in
working in an organized sport environment with children or adults.