BS in Exercise and Sport Physiology

Pushing the Limits of Human Performance

How does the human body respond to exercise? What are the limits of human performance? How can exercise training impact chronic disease, quality of life, and sport success?

These are some of the questions the study of exercise and sport physiology investigates. Exercise physiology is the study of the acute and chronic adaptations to the stress of physical activity. While the study of exercise physiology can inform us how exercise can improve physiological function in general; its sub-discipline, sport physiology, helps us understand and improve athletic performance specifically.

The Curriculum

The strong science-based curriculum includes advanced study in exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, and research methodology. In their capstone experience exercise and sport physiology majors participate in a yearlong research endeavor. Students develop a research proposal, recruit subjects, collect relevant data, and undergo training for the protection of human subjects. The investigations lead to manuscript preparation for submission to a scholarly journal.

Graduates will be prepared for careers in clinical rehabilitation/research settings, strength and conditioning settings, the health/fitness industry, and future graduate study. The program prepares students to challenge select certification examinations such as the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Health Fitness Specialist and the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.


Upon completion of this major, exercise and sport physiology students will possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of general overall physiological principles associated with metabolic processes; musculoskeletal system; cardiovascular system; aerobic and anaerobic program design.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology and risk factors associated with exercise and disease.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to administer and interpret health appraisals, fitness and clinical exercise testing.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to administer and interpret electrocardiography and other diagnostic techniques associated with physiological processes.
  5. Describe and understand issues involved with patient management and medications.
  6. Design and monitor exercise prescriptions and fitness programming.
  7. Assess and evaluate nutritional intake and demonstrate the ability to design weight management programs.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of safety, injury prevention, and emergency procedures associated with laboratory activities and general exercise.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, metabolic processes and associated pathophysiology and risk factors for disease.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of orthopedic/musculoskeletal issues including pathophysiology and risk factors for injury.
  11. Demonstrate proficiency in performing laboratory techniques and subsequent analysis of data commonly used in a Human Performance Laboratory.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of and show ability to carry out the research process in a collaborative environment.

For more information contact about our Exercise and Sport Physiology program, contact:

Dr  Ryanne Carmichael, Assistant Professor
Department of Health & Human Performance
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH  03264
(603) 535-3114

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Department of Health and Human Performance

Draper & Maynard, 4th floor
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Phone: 603-535-2293
(Jamie Stalnaker, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2395

Mailing Address
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MSC #22
Plymouth, NH 03264