Exercise Science Program Details

The Exercise Science Division offers a Master of Science in exercise physiology, an undergraduate exercise science major, and a health fitness minor.

Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

Our exercise physiology graduate program is designed to prepare students for several professional avenues. Graduates from the exercise physiology program have pursued terminal doctoral degrees in the exercise sciences or used the master’s program as a launching point for admission to medical school or post-graduate allied health professions such as physician assistants and physical therapists.


Exercise science major

An exercise science major can prepare you for a career in a variety of clinical or non-clinical areas, such as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, cardiovascular diagnostic testing or general health-fitness settings.  Alternatively, you can use the exercise science major to prepare for application to graduate programs in exercise physiology, physical therapy, physician assistant, medical or dental school, nursing, pharmacy, or other areas of health care.

The exercise science major has three options for you to choose from:  clinical exercise science, health fitness, and kinesiology.  

Clinical exercise science option

The clinical exercise science option prepares you for a career in the clinical aspects of exercise science: cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, or other related fields.

Health fitness and performance option

The health fitness option prepares you for a career as a health fitness professional, personal trainer, or strength and conditioning coach. If you pursue the health fitness option, you cannot sign the health fitness minor.

Kinesiology option

The kinesiology option is a broad-based exercise science option that prepares you for a graduate or professional degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, chiropractic, or other allied health fields.

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Health fitness and performance minor

This minor is designed for the exercise science major (clinical exercise science or kinesiology options) preparing to work in the fitness or sports performance industry and intending to obtain certifications available in the field of health fitness, e.g., personal training, health fitness professional and strength and conditioning.  If you are an exercise science major (health fitness option), you cannot minor in health fitness and performance.