Department of Exercise Science

About the Program

The Exercise Science (EXSC) Department is a highly interactive program that prepares students for broadly defined health care, exercise 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 EXSC Department emphasizes a “hands on” approach to learning with clinical and laboratory experiences for many of its courses. Students are encouraged to participate in internships and volunteer throughout the community in venues relating to their particular emphasis and future professional aspirations.

The Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center provides students with the latest technology and facilities used for instruction in each emphasis. The Human Performance Lab provides 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, Hologic bone densitometer, metabolic measurement systems, 12-channel ECG, and numerous ergometers for the measurement of work and power. The Soiland Recreation Center provides students in the Pedagogy/Teaching Physical Education emphasis an environment to develop field specific knowledge, experiences, and skills necessary to understand human development and movement. The new 9,500 square foot Forrest Fitness Center is complete with all new equipment including free weights, weight machines, a resistance training circuit, and a greatly expanded cardio mezzanine giving students the resources to design, implement, and evaluate exercise programs for all populations.

Many of the careers associated with a degree in Exercise Science require additional education, certification, or licensing beyond an undergraduate degree. As such, upon graduation, students are prepared to enter graduate programs in medicine, public health, athletic training, physical therapy, coaching, fitness management, nutrition, wellness, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, sport psychology, motor development, teaching physical education, and other health related fields.

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