Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology Department

Exercise Physiology is the study of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity, the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement and maintenance of health and fitness, rehabilitation of heart disease and other chronic diseases and/or disabilities, and the professional guidance and counsel of athletes and others interested in athletics, sports training and human adaptability to acute and chronic exercise. Scientific results from exercise physiology research help to understand the physiological effects of systematic exercise, and the extent to which exercise helps in developing and maintaining cardiovascular and musculoskeletal integrity.

The Department of Exercise Physiology offers a bachelor of science degree in Exercise Physiology. During the spring semester of the senior year, students complete an internship (EXP 4555).

Larry Birnbaum, Ph.D.
Professor and chairman

Entrance requirements:

Students should apply for admission to the department by March 31 of spring semester of their sophomore year in college. Applicants must have at minimum a 2.7 cumulative grade point average and no grade lower than a C- in any course. Application and information about the interview can be obtained from the chairman of the department.

Upon completion of the academic degree in Exercise Physiology, the student will:

  1. Justify the roles exercise physiologists play in health care, fitness, and athletics, including the treatment and prevention of a variety of diseases that have a strong behavioral component such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.
  2. Perform and interpret assessments of physical and physiological parameters that indicate client health and fitness.
  3. Critically evaluate research studies and apply the results to athletes, various patient populations, and the general public.
  4. Display professional behavior in all interactions with clients and colleagues.
  5. Develop individual exercise programs for a wide assortment of clients including athletes, various patient populations, and the general public.
  6. Discuss the mind-body connection and the role that emotional health and stress management play in maintaining an individual's health and well being.
  7. Demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills.


Exercise Physiology major

All Exercise Physiology majors take the following prerequisite courses: CHM 1040, BIO 1036, MTH 1111, BIO 2110, 2120, PSY 2208, PSC 2001 and the following departmental core courses: EXP 3321, EXP 3322, EXP 3323, EXP 3331, EXP 3332, EXP 3334, EXP 3342, EXP 4431, EXP 4436, EXP 4438, EXP 4555; and PSY 3331.

Students interested in DPT need CHM 1110 and CHM 1120 instead of CHM 1040, BIO 1110 instead of BIO 1036. They also need PSC 2001 and PSC 2002 as well as HSC 2209 and PSY 3423.

Some internships require the following certifications:  American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers C.P.R. certification and American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies First Aid Certification.  Students are responsible for obtaining any certifications required for their internships.