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Graduate Programs in Kinesiology - Descriptions

Exercise Physiology


Students in this program receive background preparation necessary for doctoral work in exercise physiology as well as expertise in physiological testing, exercise prescription and research. Graduates of this program have been successful in pursuing advanced degrees in exercise physiology and/or have been placed as exercise physiologists in the fitness/wellness industry including cardiac rehabilitation settings. Program goals were developed in conjunction with the knowledge, skills and abilities identified by the American College of Sports Medicine as essential for successful professional preparation. All students are required to do directed research, however students may select either a thesis or non-thesis option.

Clinical Exercise Physiology


The program is designed to prepare students to work with clients with a variety of pathological or clinical disorders. Clients may include those with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, immunological, inflammatory, orthopedic, and neuromuscular disorders. Other clients may include persons from geriatric, pediatric or obstetric populations. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in hospital-based and community wellness programs, as well as other clinical settings. Program goals were developed in conjunction with the knowledge, skills and abilities identified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as essential for preparation as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

Nutrition & Exercise


This 33- to 36-credit hour concentration leads to a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in exercise physiology and nutrition. Students in this program receive preparation in exercise physiology including course work in advanced exercise physiology, physiological testing, exercise prescription and research, as well as related course work in nutrition.

Students may select either the thesis or non-thesis option and will be prepared to pursue a doctoral degree in a related field or to work as an exercise physiologist in the sport, recreation and fitness/wellness industries. Program goals were developed in conjunction with the knowledge, skills and abilities identified by the American College of Sports Medicine as essential for successful professional preparation as an Exercise Physiologist.

Welcome from Kinesiology

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Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology! Kinesiology involves the study of human movement and our faculty and students do so from a physiological, biomechanical, and psychosocial perspective. More >

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