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.
Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduates as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course taken at the 400 level may not be repeated at the 500 level.