Department of Exercise Science

Program Overview

Our Exercise Science Program seeks to Educate about Exercise as Evidence-Based Science for the Enhancement of One's Function, Health, Fitness, and Performance across Mind, Body, and Spirit. We seek to Help Others through the Appropriate Prescription and Application of that Knowledge. Exercise Prescription is both Art and Science, thereby requiring continued Experience and Education throughout Life in Service to and among Others.

The future holds great promise for those educated in exercise science. An aging society needs rehabilitative therapy, athletes need training, and the masses need diet and exercise education and encouragement. Indeed, exercise is medicine as well as the closest thing we have to a 'fountain of youth'. As exercise needs dosed in terms of frequency, intensity, time, and type, who better to do this than the exercise professional? Our Exercise Science program’s primary goal is to develop professionals who are willing and prepared to help all individuals achieve an optimal level of function, health, and well-being. 


  • Advising, mentoring, and working with students’ interests in order to provide guidance on professional and career-related planning that is the right fit for them.
  • Provide education for both implementing and maximizing exercise potential as it pertains to clinical, mainstream, and athletic populations.
  • Prepare students to pursue study in graduate programs in exercise and health-related sciences.
  • Offer practicum for students in their respective areas of interest
  • Assist students in preparing to take professional certification examinations in health and fitness as well as in strength and conditioning.
Exercise Physiology Lectures and Labs: features two successive courses providing the foundation of what occurs acutely to human physiology during exercise as well as the chronic effects and adaptations of our physiology when exercise is part of our lifestyle.

Motor Development: sets the stage for how we grow and mature in terms of movement across the spectrum of fetal development, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. It includes the physical, physiological, cognitive, cultural, and environmental aspects / influences on our physically dynamic lives.

Cardiac Assessment and Rehabilitation: focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the heart, pathophysiology of coronary artery disease, heart function, pharmacology pertinent to the cardiac patient, EKG education, and various protocols used in stress testing as well as the Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III cardiac programs.

Principles of Strength and Conditioning: an education in the foundational principles of assessing a normal population’s performance status through a needs analysis, assessing the energy systems emphasized, and creating effective programs for both power and endurance sports. Both fitness and performance populations are addressed.

Exercise Prescription for Special Populations: a course addressing the pathophysiology of many diseases, maladies, and syndromes affording the student to understand the differences between a pathology/pathophysiology, impairment, functional limitation, and disability. Morbidities of a varied nature are studied and suggested specific exercise prescriptions utilized that are appropriate for that particular population as part of the learning experience.
The Exercise Science program is designed to develop students who will be eligible for careers within:

Industry and Corporate Settings / Safety and Ergonomics
Health and Fitness Clubs
Strength and Conditioning / Personal Training
Community, Recreation, or Government Settings
Cardiac Rehab / Movement-oriented Therapies / Medical Institutions
Pharmaceutical Sales / Sporting Goods Sales / Rehab and Bracing Sales

With application and acceptance to a graduate program of choice, the following careers are possible:

Physical Therapist / Occupational Therapist / Physician Assistant / Perfusionist
Physician / Chiropractor / Optometrist / Dentist / Podiatrist / Pharmacist

Please refer to the University’s offerings pertaining to scholarship and awards.
Various PT clinics and departments
Various Health and Fitness facilities
Various Cardiac Rehabilitation programs
The Exercise Science Club
This is a service club made of ES students. It provides community service, fund-raisers to off-set some costs for lab fees, and charitable contributions to the students’ organization, program, or effort of choice. Senior club members are also chosen as mentors for new and ‘apprenticing’ students.

All Exercise Students are encouraged to join the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as student members. These are the premiere and gold-standard organizations leading the way in professional development, education, research, position statements, and recognized top-tier certifications.

Please note the mission statements of these two organizations which, along with the University’s mission statement, we align with in our Exercise Science program offerings and education.