Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790

Larry Birnbaum, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Burns Wellness Commons, Room 240
phone: (218) 723-6621

Exercise Physiology

Fast Facts: Exercise Physiology

  • Located in a state-of-the-art academic, athletic and fitness center.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio means students receive individual attention and get to know their instructors and fellow classmates.
  • Outstanding faculty put teaching first, while also pursuing scholarly research and scientific writing.
  • Exercise Physiology students can work as interns or volunteers in the Cenergy! program, which provides coaching and custom workout plans for St. Scholastica students.
  • Through the Fast Track program, CSS seniors enrolled in the undergraduate Exercise Physiology program can bypass aspects of the graduate application process. 

Program Requirements

Major: 44-56 credits


  • The program requires students to complete an internship; students can choose a site that fits their interests and objectives.
  • For guidance on securing internships, contact the department chair. Scholastica students have interned at a variety of sites, including Fairview Hospital, Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, collegiate athletic programs and fitness centers.
  • Students also have the opportunity to have an internship abroad.


Upon graduating, students have secured good positions within healthcare facilities, university settings, and fitness and rehabilitation centers.  

Students have also gone on to pursue graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training at Scholastica as well as other doctor of physical therapy programs within the Midwest.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at The College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Analyze the underlying reasons, including biomechanical principles, for the involvement of specific nerves and muscles in human movement.
  2. Perform and evaluate the results of a variety of clinical assessments of different human populations (e.g., age, gender, athletes, chronic disease) and prescribe appropriate exercise protocols based clinical assessment results. Assessments include exercise test protocols, metabolic gas analysis, 12-lead ECGs, risk assessment, screening, energy expenditure, heart rate and blood pressure, anaerobic and aerobic fitness/capacity, flexibility and range of motion, muscular strength, body composition.
  3. Evaluate research articles with respect to research designs, statistical analyses, limitations, validity and reliability.
  4. Discuss nutritional requirements of different human populations (e.g., children, adults, elderly, athletes, chronic disease) and the use of supplements with respect to effectiveness, potential adverse effects and ethics.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior and effective written and oral communication skills in academic and professional settings.

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  • "The exercise physiology program gave me the confidence to challenge myself as a student and future professional. The instructors were always supportive and helpful, and the curriculum and technology available allowed for a more in-depth study of the physiological effects of physical activity on the human body."

    – Devin Soul, ‘11