About the Program
The Exercise Science (EXSC) Department is a highly interactive program that prepares students for broadly defined health care and physical education opportunities. Students receive training in many areas that contribute to the understanding of human movement. In particular, the students are exposed to coursework within the major augmented by foundational courses in anatomy, physiology, psychology, chemistry, physics and biomechanics. The EXSC Department offers three emphasis areas for the Bachelor of Science degree: Human Performance, Health Professions, and Pedagogy/Teaching Physical Education.
The Exercise Physiology Lab and Biomechanics Lab provide students with the latest technology and facilities used for instruction in each emphasis. The Laboratories provide students the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment: 3-dimensional force plates, Biodex System3 Isokinetic Unit, 6-camera optical motion capture and analysis system, telemetered electromyography system, metabolic carts, EKG system, and more. In addition, the lab houses a Hologic bone densitometer which is used in faculty-student projects.
Many of the careers associated with a degree in Exercise Science require additional education, certification, or licensure beyond an undergraduate degree. As such, upon graduation, students are prepared to enter additional educational programs in healthcare, teaching physical education, sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy, coaching, fitness management, nutrition, wellness, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, sport psychology, motor development, and other health related fields.