Welcome to Exercise Science

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.


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