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
Do you need help getting your kids to be more active?
Exercise science professor Russell Pate and student Aliyah Abrams talk to WIS TV about
parent/caregiver resources for helping kids be physically active, compiled by the
Children's Physical Activity Research Group.
Arnold School scholars to serve as principal investigators on 14 projects supported
by 2021 ASPIRE grants
Faculty and postdoctoral scholars from across the Arnold School received funding through
the Office of the Vice President for Research's Advanced Support for Innovative Research
Excellence (ASPIRE) program.
May graduate bringing athletic training expertise, public health focus to residency
position at The Steadman Clinic
As an athletic trainer, Madison Hauge has developed expertise in examination, diagnosis
and treatment. She has also learned the power of prevention and the need to focus
on public health overall.
Ph.D. in Exercise Science graduate to pursue academic career focusing on female athlete
triad, eating disorder risk, and body image dissatisfaction
During her program, Norman J. Arnold Doctoral Fellow Allison Smith developed research
expertise in the female athlete triad, eating disorder risk in understudied populations
and body image dissatisfaction.
Ciaran Fairman brings exercise oncology expertise to Department of Exercise Science
as assistant professor
Originally from Ireland, Fairman has studied in the United States and Australia. He
is applying his resulting expertise to his work at the Arnold School, researching
how exercise and nutritional interventions can target the side effects of cancer/treatment
for individuals diagnosed with cancer.