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Exercise Science Program


Exercise is vital to human health and well-being. Through accurate methods of fitness evaluation and the safe and effective implementation of the fitness prescription, potential benefits are afforded to all stakeholders, including individuals, communities, and the greater society. The program in exercise science enables students to develop their potential through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that facilitate opportunities to successfully pursue careers within the rapidly growing domain of exercise science.

Student Learning Outcomes

The exercise science program is a comprehensive major that provides opportunities for students to develop requisite proficiencies in preparation for careers in the exercise sciences and for admission to graduate profession schools (physical therapy, medicine, etc.). The coursework reflects standards established by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Students completing the exercise science major will:

  1. understand the physiology of the human body at rest and during times of physical stress, with the goal of improving human performance;

  2. assess the fitness level of apparently healthy individuals and those with known pathology; and

  3. prescribe and develop appropriate exercise and lifestyle modification programs to assist clients in achieving their fitness and/or rehabilitation goals.