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
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
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.