Skip to Content

Arnold School of Public Health

  • Climbing a wall, tug of war, and barbell squats

Exercise Science

Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary field tying together traditional disciplines as biology, physiology, psychology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, genetics, nutrition, and sociology to facilitate an understanding of the links between physical activity, exercise, fitness, performance, diet, and health.

Exercise Science has become an increasingly valued discipline within public health, the medical community, and even high-performance environments. Exercise has even been acknowledged for its role in the treatment of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type II diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, and other chronic diseases & stress related disorders.

The mission of the Department of Exercise Science (EXSC) is to promote an environment of excellence and achievement in human health and performance. As part of our forward-thinking vision, EXSC is used as a resource to train the next generation of scientists and practitioners in the latest techniques and technologies in the field. In addition to advancing the science, we emphasize translation of this research for greater integration into practice and application.

Career opportunities exist in health and wellness fields: corporate wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiology, research, academia, athletic training, sport science, strength and conditioning, and performance nutrition. The program also provides preparation for additional graduate training (i.e., MS, PhD, DPT, MD, and PA, among others).

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 oriented settings, and industry. Specific areas of research specialties correspond to those listed for the departmental faculty.

Degrees Offered

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 

Allison Lewis

Four Arnold School doctoral students win 2022 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards

Dipro Bose, Kyndall Dye-Braumuller, Allison Lewis and Tianyue Mi claimed four of these prestigious honors, which are given to students based on their classroom excellence, research/scholarship contributions and potential for future success.

garnet asterisk

Three Arnold School researchers win 2022 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awards

Arnold School professors Michael Beets (Exercise Science), Sara Wilcox (Exercise Science) and Jiajia Zhang (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) have claimed three of just five 2022 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awards bestowed by the Office of the Vice President for Research to the most elite researchers across the university.

Elizabeth Adams

Arnold School further bolsters childhood obesity prevention efforts by welcoming Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams has joined the Arnold School as an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science and a faculty affiliate with the Research Center for Child Well-Being. Her research focuses on the promotion of healthy dietary patterns and sleep patterns among children.

Kathryn Maxwell

Exercise science graduate pursue career in physical therapy working with neurodiverse children

Originally from Illinois, Kathryn (Katy) Maxwell’s short list of potential colleges included universities with warm weather and big football. It was UofSC’s traditions and history that ultimately led her to South Carolina to study exercise science.

Mallory Dixon

A passion for sports – and coaching

UofSC features Mallory Dixon, a volleyball athlete who graduates this month with a M.S. in Exercise Science. Dixon will coach club volleyball, and hopes to pursue a college coaching position or a clinical profession such as physical therapy.


More Arnold School News

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.