The exercise science major is a flexible, science-based curriculum designed for students wishing pursue a wide range of goals including working in the health and fitness industry, health professions including pre-medicine and pre-physical therapy, as well as graduate study in exercise science.

Initial coursework provides a solid background in human anatomy, physiology and psychology. Advanced courses investigate the theoretical and technical aspects of human physical performance within the context of physical fitness, athletic performance and pathological states. Students receive hands-on training using advanced physiological and psychomotor data acquisition systems. Opportunities exist to pursue advanced research and external internships depending upon individual interest.

Exercise Physiology Lab

The exercise science lab is equipped with state-of-the-art physical performance instrumentation including:

  • Oxygen consumption and metabolic analysis system
  • Body composition analysis via bioelectrical impedance and skinfold thickness
  • Non-invasive blood pressure monitoring equipment
  • Research-grade calibrated Monarch cycle ergometer
  • EMG, ECG, and EEG instrumentation
  • Blood lactate analysis
  • Research-grade Biopac physiological data acquisition units

Recommended Course Sequence for Kinesiology major with a concentration in Exercise Science

Year 1 or 2

Year 2, 3 or 4

KIN 111: Foundations of Kinesiology and Sport
KIN 206: Exercise Psychology
STA 201: Statistical Methods I

Electives from
KIN 212: Sports and American Society
KIN 215: Psychology of Sport 
KIN 237: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 
KIN 205: Coaching Endorsement or Authorization

KIN 207: Systems Physiology
KIN 309: Anatomy of Human Movement
KIN 315: Exercise of Physiology
KIN 362: Exercise Testing and Prescription

Electives from
KIN 310: Nutrition for Health and Performance
KIN 334: Motor Learning
KIN 380: Internship

*You may see a full description of the courses by connecting to the catalogue here