Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do with this degree?
While many of our students go on to pursue graduate education (such as Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Masters of Public Health or PhD in Exercise Science), there are ample job opportunities for students at the baccalaureate level as well. Our students work in cardiac rehab as exercise physiologists, in corporate wellness settings as health and wellness directors, or in sport performance settings as coaches or strength and conditioning specialists.
What are your facilities like?
We are located at the Flynn Building (1961 Bishop Ln), which houses Exercise Science and Respiratory Therapy. We have several large classrooms and a dedicated lab in which the students have access to a metabolic cart, hydrostatic weighing tank, BodPod, treadmills, cycle ergometers and resistance training equipment.
How hands on is the major?
All students take at least 3 lab courses within the Exercise Science major that include Exercise Physiology, Basic Injury Prevention and Care, and Exercise Testing and Prescription. When you graduate, you will know how to perform a myriad of exercise tests and health measures, be able to prescribe exercise, and to care for basic injuries and emergencies. Each student spends dedicated hands-on time in our lab multiple semesters in a row to ensure proficiency in these areas.
What opportunities are there for students to get more involved?
Students can join the Exercise Science Association, Pre-Physical Therapy Association and/or the Pre- Athletic Training Association to learn more about their field and potential job opportunities. We also emphasize undergraduate involvement in research; our students have presented data at regional and national conferences and some have even been published during their undergraduate degree. The department also sponsors a Service Learning Clinic, in which students work directly with community members to perform exercise testing, cardiovascular risk assessments, and create individualized exercise prescriptions.