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Master of Science


The purpose of the MS in Exercise Physiology is to prepare students for a wide variety of career options within the field of exercise physiology including exercise prescription and research as well as doctoral study.  

 Requisite Coursework

 In addition to a baccalaureate degree applicants are expected to have substantial preparation in the sciences which usually includes coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.  Evaluation of requisite coursework is made at the time of admission to the Concentration.  A limited number of deficiencies may be completed while enrolled as a graduate student, but these will not count toward completion of the MS degree.  All applicants must present Graduate Record Examination results before the application process can be completed.  Graduate coursework completed at other institutions may be considered for transfer credit consistent with University Graduate Studies procedures.  Application for transfer hours should be submitted along with the regular application materials.  The student's advisor must approve Substitution(s) of coursework or any program related changes (e.g. option, advisor), using the "Request for Adjustment in Student Program Requirements. 

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1. Departmental Requirements:  (6 credit hours)    

ATTR 63018 Ethics for Allied Health Professionals                                                                              3

EXPH 63050 Research Processes in Ath. Train & Ex Phys                                                                  3


2. Concentration Requirements:  (11 credit hours)            

EXPH 65081 Energy Metabolism & Body Composition                                                                        3 

EXPH 65082 Cardio-Respiratory Function                                                                                              3

EXPH 63051 Quant. & Res. Methods in Ath. Train & Ex Phys                                                               3

EXPH 63095 Research Seminar                                                                                                               1


3. Theiss / Non-thesis Options


A.  Thesis Option

Requires completion of a thesis project for which the student must first register for six hours (not necessarily all at one time) of EXPH 63199 (Thesis I) credit, subsequently maintaining continuous registration in EXPH 63299 (Thesis II) until completion of the thesis.  A nominal fee is assessed for registration in EXPH 63299.  

EXPH 63199 Thesis I                                                                                                                                  6        

EXPH 63299 Thesis II                                                                                                                                 2


B.  Non-thesis Option

Requires completion of a combination of six hours of graduate credit as identified below.  

EXPH 63098 Research                                                                                                                               3

EXPH Internship in Ex Phys                                                                                                                3 or 6                                                                                                                                                 


4.  Electives (11 semester hours)  

 Electives may be selected from a wide variety of graduate courses offered throughout the University.  Students should check course prerequisites before planning to include a particular course in the program of study.  It is expected that students will take at least one course outside the School of Health Sciences.  The following list of possible elective courses are suggestions and do not include all courses which may be relevant to the student's academic program.  


From the School of Health Sciences

EXPH 50612 Exercise Leadership for the Older Adult                                                                         

EXPH 55070 ECG for Ex Physiologist                    

EXPH 55065 Exercise Testing

EXPH 55080 Physiology of Exercise

EXPH 60610 Physiology of Aging

EXPH 63098 Research 

EXPH 65080 Physiological Basis of Exercise  

EXPH 75075 Muscle Function and Exercise                                                             

EXPH 75076 Environmental Stress and Exercise                                       

EXPH 75083 Exercise Energy Metabolism                       

EXPH 75084 Cardiovascular-Respiratory Dynamics                                                             


From the School of Biomedical Sciences

BMS 60267 Molecular Pathology I                                                      

BMS 60710 Functional Neuroanatomy                             

BMS 60268 Molecular Pathology II                                                    

BMS 68610 Human Gross Anatomy I                                                            

BMS 68611 Human Gross Anatomy II

BMS 60449 Medical Physiology I

BMS 60450 Medical Physiology II                           


From Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Family & Consumer Studies

BSCI 50020 Biology of Aging    

BSCI 50142 Bioenergetics

BSCI 50432 Endocrinology

BSCI 50433 Mammalian Phys. I  

BSCI 50434 Mammalian Phys. II (+ 50445: Lab II)

CHEM 50247 Principles of Biochemistry                                                          

NUTR 53513 Advanced Nutrition II               

NUTR 53520 Nutrition for Fitness                                                               

BSCI 60431 Neuroendocrinology                                                          

BSCI 60439 Environmental Physiology                                                                 

 [1]Other electives may be completed, subject to approval of the faculty advisor (have advisor initial approval in school file).