(33 credits minimum)
The primary objective of this degree is to provide an opportunity for graduate students to develop further develop their knowledge and understanding in the Exercise Sciences and add an area of expertise or interest. Exercise Science is a dynamic inter-disciplinary field that examines
the interaction between the human body and the effects of physical activity on physical performance, fitness/wellness, and rehabilitation during daily activities, athletic competitions, and work.
Depending on the selected combination of coursework, an individual could develop a strong scientific foundation in the exercise sciences and then add special emphases in cardiovascular fitness in a fitness/clinical setting, biomechanical motion analysis or muscular strength development. This academic preparation in combination with a research experience and practical experience can prepare students to teach Exercise Science in higher education programs, pursue a doctoral degree in the Exercise Sciences or the Allied health professions, obtain employment in the Fitness/Wellness sector as an exercise technologist, or personal trainer.
The emphases in the curriculum can prepare students to be a health fitness instructor or a biomechanist/ergonomic specialist and/or successfully complete the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist or Exercise Specialist exams or the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) strength coaching certification exam.
The Exercise Science specialization requires an applicant have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution; meet all requirements of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies; and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Applicants must also have kinesiology/physical education course work in the area of exercise science. Examples of courses that are acceptable include: anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, foundations of physical conditioning, biomechanics / kinesiology, 3 physical activity classes. A student who does not meet this requirement can be granted conditional admission but will be required to complete additional course work as a deficiency as determined after a review of transcripts.