Exercise Science is the study of the body's response to exercise and requires an understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. Through our advanced facilities and academic program, we emphasize physical activity, wellness, and disease prevention.
Students learn to conduct exercise assessments, structure exercise programs, promote fitness, and enhance quality of life for a diverse population. Students develop practical hands-on skills, critical thinking, and communication strategies needed to enter the workforce or make a seamless transition to graduate school.
Education Recognition Program (ERP) distinction by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) means our program prepares students to be ready to enter the fitness industry upon graduation.
According to labor statistics, employment in health care occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.
Our program is designed to prepare you to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam, a nationally recognized and credible certification needed to enter the workforce.
Students applying for graduate programs are accepted at exceptional rates in programs such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Chiropractic, Strength and Conditioning, Physician Assistant, Exercise Physiology, and more.
Learn to use metabolic testing equipment, heart rate monitors, blood pressure equipment, body composition assessment tools, motion analysis software, force plate analyzers, electromyography (EMG) sensors, cycle ergometers and sports performance testing equipment.
Engage in research with faculty, attend professional conferences, get involved in organizational clubs, conduct professional experiences within internship sites and develop professional networking opportunities.
During my time as an ExSci major, I was able to attend various conferences and workshops, intern at a physical therapy clinic, create and present my own research project, gain hands-on experience in class, and become a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist).
— Elise BarnesFullbright Scholar
In EXS 3740 Exercise Testing and Prescription National competencies from ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescriptions are explored, with emphasis on the following variables: patient assessment, risk stratification and health evaluation; execution of proper exercise testing procedures; and the use of exercise and metabolic equations. Students evaluate and assess the impact of these variables on exercise prescription for a variety of patient populations.
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Often times in my classroom I will encourage students to complete self-evaluations of their respective learning progress by connecting learning outcomes to metacognition principles. The goal of this exercise is to help students move beyond just memorizing content for a test and instead develop awareness, reflection, and personal responsibility for their learning process. Cultivating a classroom environment centered on these aforementioned areas is a humbling task and one I wrestle with every semester. The reward is worth it when students begin to synthesize and apply information at a higher level of thinking, a transferrable skill needed to successfully navigate the dynamic healthcare landscape we live in today.
You can be involved in prestigious organizations, such as Phi Epsilon Kappa, the national professional fraternity for persons pursuing careers in exercise science, physical education, health, recreation, dance, human performance, sports medicine, and sports management.
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