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
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
Research links adverse pregnancy outcomes, menopausal symptoms to increased risk of
Exercise science assistant professor Abbi Lane-Cordova has published research linking
certain adverse pregnancy outcomes, menopause symptoms, and estimated risk for heart
disease or stroke in the next 10 years.
Four exercise science students win awards from American Kinesiology Association
Students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Department of Exercise
Science have been recognized as the UofSC recipients for the 2020 National Scholar
Awards from the American Kinesiology Association.
Doctoral candidate wants to take physical therapy to the next level
UofSC features Bachelor of Exercise Science alumnus and current Doctor of Physical
Therapy student Brooks Herring -- a veteran who is seeking to help injured soldiers
regain full strength.
Exercise Science Chair Shawn Arent elected as Active Fellow in National Academy of
Shawn Arent, professor and the chair of the Department of Exercise Science, has been
elected as an Active Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology. Arent was selected
for this recognition due to his commitment to exercise science, kinesiology and public
Prevention Research Center investigators identify factors related to successful implementation
of Faith, Activity, and Nutrition Program
Prevention Research Center scientists have completed a study investigating the factors
that make churches more or less likely to improve physical activity and healthy eating
among their members through the implementation the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition