The mission of the Department of Exercise Science (EXSC) is to expand and disseminate
the body of knowledge concerning the relationship between physical activity and human
Career opportunities exist in academic institutions, hospitals, medical clinics, research
laboratories, physical therapy facilities, rehabilitation facilities, perceptual-motor
development clinics, health and fitness centers, and public health agencies. Jobs
in the field include clinical exercise physiologist, motor rehabilitation specialist,
health fitness instructor, professor of exercise science, research scientist, physical
therapist and cardiac rehabilitation program director.
The department’s Ph.D. program, which is ranked #1 in the United States by the National Academy of Kinesiology, prepares graduates for
entry into positions in universities, colleges, research institutes and research oriented clinical
settings. Areas of specialization are applied physiology, health aspects of physical
activity, and motor behavior/rehabilitation. Specific research emphases correspond
to those listed for the departmental faculty. The M.S. program allows students to
emphasize expansion of research competence (for those who plan on pursuing a Ph.D.
degree or further graduate study) or to focus on professional and clinical aspects of
the field with concentrations in cardiac rehabilitation corporate wellness, and motor
The goal of the department’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to produce graduates
who possess the skills necessary to be reflective practitioners and who can conduct
clinical research and scholarly activity necessary for the advancement of physical
therapy as an evidence-based profession.
In addition to the bachelor degree in exercise science, we offer four advanced degrees.
Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements.
Exercise Science News
Physical therapy student wins scholarship from National Strength and Conditioning
Brooks Herring, a 2018 graduate of the B.S. in Exercise Science program and a current
student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, has been awarded the 2019 Challenge
Scholarship from the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation.
Elizabeth Regan named 2020 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar
Yoojin Cho (HPEB), Lynsey Keator (COMD), Elizabeth Regan (EXSC) and Sutapa Sarkar
(ENHS) were among the 14 Breakthrough Scholars selected for superior performance in
their programs and an impressive list of achievements.
Chih-Hsiang “Jason” Yang uses within-person approach to improve health across the
With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, Jason Yang taught elementary school-aged
children for six years in his native Taiwan. It was during a stint as a physical education
teacher that the obesity epidemic really began to concern him.
December graduate earns second Arnold School degree to pursue career in exercise science
Michael Smith’s career path has always been straight forward. The Columbia, South
Carolina native has always been passionate about sports and physical activity. His
interest in science made studying exercise science a natural fit.
December graduate earns second Arnold School degree, establishes physical therapy
and coaching practice
UofSC rankings, combined with the volume of publications produced by the exercise
science department, the reputation of the faculty and the opportunity to work with
SEC-caliber athletes, made the Arnold School his number one choice.