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Exercise Science

Exercise scientists study the relationship between exercise participation and human health, and research focuses on understanding why regular physical activity prevents disease and promotes health.

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 health.

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 control/development.

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.

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 

Russell Pate

Russell Pate leads development of report on implementing strategies to enhance public health surveillance of physical activity in U.S.

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine convened a committee of experts led by Russell Pate to develop strategies to help implement actions recommended to improve national physical activity surveillance. 

Russell Pate

Researchers successfully translate physical activity intervention program into online training for preschool teachers

Members of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group (CPARG) have demonstrated that their evidenced-based approach to training preschool teachers to increase their students’ physical activity can be effectively translated into an online format.

Mark Sarzynski

Mark Sarzynski wins $3.4 million R01 grant to study impact of exercise on HDL particles cholesterol

Exercise science assistant professor and director of the Foundations of Lipids and Exercise (FLEX) Laboratory Mark Sarzynski has been awarded $3.4 million from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Amy Hand

May graduate leverages Ph.D. in Exercise Science to educate future athletic trainers

While serving as a preceptor in her alma mater program’s extensive clinical athletic training network, Amy Hand began to realize how much she loved teaching college students. She signed on as an adjunct instructor and then enrolled in the Arnold School’s Ph.D. in Exercise Science program to become an athletic training educator. 

Hooding 2019

Arnold School honors graduates at 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9

The Arnold School celebrated master’s and doctoral graduates at the 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9. Arnold School and department award winners, along with Delta Omega inductees, were also recognized.


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