Exercise & Sport Physiology

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree Requirements

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. Many of the classes in the major combine theory with laboratory practice so that students get a chance to practice and master their professional skills. For their senior capstone experience, students may elect to do an internship or a research project. The internship experience allows students to further hone their skills in a practical environment while the research project allows students to put to practice their field and laboratory testing knowledge. Both opportunities give the students a chance to further develop and showcase their talents.

Graduates will be prepared for careers in clinical/research settings, strength and conditioning, and the health/fitness industry. Students will also be prepared for future graduate study and/or professional programs. The major prepares students to challenge select certification examinations such as the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).


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.

E&SP Block Plan 2018

Degree Requirements (120 credits)


EX 2755 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
PE 3570 Kinesiology 3
EX 3580 Physiology of Exercise 3
EX 3750 Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 1
PE 3720 Motor Learning 3
EX 3890 Exercise Testing 3
EX 3895 Exercise Testing Laboratory 1
EX 4520 Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning 3
EX 4780 Exercise Prescription 3
EX 4820 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
EX 4825 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory 1
EX 4825 Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory 1
Professional Skills Courses – complete two of the following: 3
PE 2428 Flexibility, Core, and Balance Training
PE 2525 Group Exercise Leadership
PE 2640 Burdenko Conditioning
PE 2740 Water Exercise Techniques
PE 2831 Resistance Training Techniques
Psychology Choice – complete one of the following: 3
CC 3860 Psychological Aspects of Sports
PE 4010 Exercise and Health Psychology (INCO)
Capstone – complete one of the following: 4
EX 4830 Applied Research in Exercise Science
EX 4880 Physical Education Internship
BI 2110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BI 2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BI 2130 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I 1
BI 2140 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II 1
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
HE 2500 First Aid and CPR/AED 1.5
HE 3220 Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living (TECO) 3
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO) 3
General Education:
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 3-4.0
PPDI Past and Present Directions 3-4.0
SSDI Self and Society Directions 3-4.0
Directions(choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 8-4.0
DICO Diversity Connection 3
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 13.5-16.5

*All course information is from the 2018-2019 Catalog.

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