The Exercise Science major is designed to prepare students for careers ranging from the clinical healthcare setting focused on working with various injuries and medical conditions to human performance aimed at improving performance capacity. Our graduates are knowledgeable in the scientific principles surrounding exercise science. The coursework incorporates rigorous didactic study along with laboratory learning and hands-on techniques that aim to prepare students to meet the needs of their chosen profession.
The Exercise Science major is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to effectively prepare students for a professional career in exercise science or to enroll in graduate studies. A core of courses in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, and motor learning provide foundational knowledge regarding the structural and functional aspects of the human body. Students completing a major in Exercise Science also gain depth of knowledge in one specific area of study. Two tracks, offered in Allied Health Sciences and in Strength & Conditioning, provide students the flexibility to prepare for graduate school or enter directly into a professional career.
The Health and Exercise Science (HES) department values learning and application of knowledge through practical, real-world experiences. The curricular program specifically calls for students to engage in learning experiences through internships in which students get to explore professional interests and apply academic knowledge and skills in a practical setting. Students are also encouraged to engage in either an independent or a faculty-student research project.