Exercise & Sport Physiology
Bachelor of Science
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.
A 3+2 BS/MS degree option is available to students interested in graduate study in Exercise Science. The MS in Applied Exercise Physiology & Human Performance is designed to enhance students’ knowledge across a broad range of exercise science topics including strength and conditioning, clinical exercise physiology, and exercise psychology. Students may apply to the program in their 3rd year of study. Students who complete the program will earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.
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. The major also provides students with a strong foundation for future graduate studies in Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Other Professional Programs. PSU students interested in graduate study in Exercise Science should consider the 3+2 BS to MS in Applied Exercise Physiology & Human Performance – students who complete this program can earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.
In addition, 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).
PSU’s Exercise & Sport Physiology program is a National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP). The NSCA-ERP designation recognizes schools with standardized, approved strength and conditioning curricula designed to help students prepare for top certifications in the field.
The Exercise & Sport Physiology program helped establish PSU as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) program. The mission of the EIM-OC initiative is to connect campus and community to support the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ vision: to encourage the use of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.