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Exercise Physiology Specialization

Students majoring in any of the Biological Sciences major tracks may pursue an emphasis in exercise physiology. Students choosing this option will complete their degree requirements with specific courses designed to prepare the student for graduate studies in physiology, exercise physiology, or other applied physiology programs. This program is specifically tailored to maximize a student's preparation for graduate studies in exercise physiology by providing a scientifically rigorous curriculum.

Biological Sciences students who have earned their biology degrees with an emphasis in exercise physiology have gone on to graduate, medical, physician's assistant, nursing, and physical therapy schools.

Students majoring in any of the Biological Sciences major tracks may pursue an emphasis in exercise physiology by taking Human Anatomy (BIOS 3010), Human Physiology (BIOS 3450, 3455), and Physiology of Exercise (BIOS 4450, 4455) as juniors or seniors.

It is also recommended that students get involved in research, for they can earn credit (BIOS 4940). Other suggestions/considerations for completing the degree: Take the year-long Organic Chemistry series (CHEM 3050, 3060), as well as the year-long Biochemistry series (CHEM 4901 and 4902).

Other helpful coursework (recommended, but not required), depending upon the student's interests:

  • Teaching Assistant for Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, or Exercise Physiology Labs
  • Principles of Endocrinology (BIOS 4500)
  • Mechanisms of Gene Regulation (BIOS 4270)
  • Immunology (BIOS 4860)
  • Principles of Physiology (BIOS 3420)
  • Human Neuroscience (BIOS 4130)
  • Systems & Cognitive Neuroscience (BIOS 4150)
  • Molecular Genetics (BIOS 4260)
  • Undergraduate Research (BIOS 493)

For more information about the Integrated Biology, emphasis in Exercise Physiology, major, contact: Christopher Schwirian.

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