Exercise Physiology


Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Program(s) Offered: Major only

The Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology (formerly B.S. Kinesiology and Human Performance) explores the physiological basis of the acute response and chronic adaptation to a wide variety of stressors – well beyond “just” exercise! While one focus includes athletic performance, other aspects of exercise physiology include the role of physical activity on/in chronic diseases, while still others include the application to improve or maintain aspects of daily living or promoting a higher quality of life!

From Classes to a Career.

This degree prepares students for work in clinical exercise physiology, additional education (e.g., M.S. or Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, and a specific health sciences discipline (e.g., Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Medical Doctorate, M.S. Physician’s Assistant).

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Exercise Physiology Courses


BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy

A study of the structure of the human body at the four structural levels (cells, tissues, organs and systems) and the relationship of its parts. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 222 - Human Physiology

A study of the functions of the cells and organ systems of the human body. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 240 - Nutrition

A survey of the principles of nutrition and their application to normal conditions of growth and development. Includes food groups, nutrient requirements, energy metabolism, composition and safety of foods, nutritional needs for the different life stages, and application of nutrition to health care and sports. Read more »

BIOL 35 IS - Advanced Human Anatomy

Advanced study of the major systems of the body with emphasis on the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. One lecture, one lab per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 221 Read more »

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I

A presentation of the basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular properties, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Read more »

CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II

A utilization of the basic principles of chemistry learned in CHEM 111 in complex chemical systems. Included are solution properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Read more »

ECON 375 - Independent Economic Study III

Reading, research or creative work on a problem related to economics. Permission of the department is required. With departmental approval Read more »

ENGL 320 - British Renaissance Literature

Students will encounter the rebirth of learning and humanism from the 16th through the 17th centuries through reading works by British authors such as Spenser, Sidney, Marlowe, Donne, Ben Johnson, Herbert, Milton, and others. Prerequisite:WRTG 109 or equivalent skill Read more »

KHP 143 - Personal and Community Health

An introductory course concerned with the many factors which influence a person's health. Special consideration is afforded the subject areas of substance abuse, disease and holistic health. Consideration is also given to the functions which various health agencies serve and to the modern technological advances which have been accomplished in health. Read more »

KHP 200 - Foundations of Kinesiology/Careers

An advanced course designed to meet the students' needs for careers related to kinesiology and exercise science. Read more »

KHP 350 - Exercise Physiology

A study of the scientific foundations of high-level performance and skill learning. Incorporates findings of exercise physiology, psychology and physical education in the area of human movement. Stresses application for the practitioner. Prerequisite: junior standing Read more »

KHP 400/500 - Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

Basic skills and understanding are developed in the art and science of fitness testing and exercise prescription. The conducting of individualized fitness programs for all age groups will be examine. Read more »

KHP 401/501 - Research Methods and Design

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of how to read, present, and interpret data involved in exercise science research. Read more »

PHYS 121 - Basic Physics I

An introductory physics course for students of moderate mathematical ability. Topics include vectors, motion, force, energy, momentum, mechanical waves, oscillations, fluids and thermal physics. Recommended for pre-medics, pre-dental, biology majors, psychology majors, medical technologists and liberal arts students interested in science. An elementary understanding of algebra and trigonometry is required. Three lectures, one lab. Read more »

PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to fundamental psychological concepts which are derived from applying the scientific method to the study of behavior. Examples of selected topics include: personality development, abnormal behavior and therapy, physiology, motivation and emotions, human development, learning and memory, and social behavior. This course emphasizes theories and theorists as well as relevant applications to everyday living. An introduction to APA style of writing is included. Read more »

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