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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 

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2020-2021 SPARC Graduate Research Grants awarded to 9 Arnold School graduate students

Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2020-2021 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives.

Kelsey Day

Doctoral students Kelsey Day and Qian Huang selected as inaugural Health GIS Scholars by Big Data Health Science Center

Within the Big Data Health Science Center, the Geospatial Core engages in cutting-edge geospatial research and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science. They also provide training in the use of GIS, spatial analytics and other technologies – recently launching the Health GIS Scholars Program. 

Jacob Barber

Three Arnold School doctoral students win 2021 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Awards

Jacob Barber (EXSC), Jennifer Mandelbaum (HPEB) and Gabriella Reynolds (COMD) were chosen from a pool of nominations submitted by graduate directors across the university for their classroom excellence, research/scholarship contributions and potential for future success. 

Glenn Weaver

Assistant professors Elizabeth Crouch Bankole Olatosi (HSPM) and Glenn Weaver named 2021 Breakthrough Stars

 Elizabeth Crouch and Bankole Olatosi, assistant professors in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, and Glenn Weaver, an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science, are among just 12 faculty members across the university to receive 2021 Breakthrough Star Awards. 

Jason Yang

Arnold Institute on Aging, Office for the Study of Aging awards inaugural Research Fellowship to Jason Yang

Chih-Hsiang (Jason) Yang has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Office for the Study of Aging Research Fellowship, which is designed to support Arnold School faculty and professional staff to conduct research in the multidisciplinary field of aging. Samaneh Nemati and Katherine DeVivo were named Graduate Scholars in Aging.


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