Your physical health is the driving force behind your day-to-day actions. Extensive research has shown that physical activity improves both physical and mental wellness and helps reduce the risk of disease and dysfunction.
As a result, the prospect of efficiently and effectively achieving an optimum level of fitness has been a rapidly growing mindset, and is one reason that individuals seek out exercise science professionals including certified strength and conditioning specialists, certified special population specialists, clinical exercise physiologists, group exercise instructors, personal trainers, and tactical strength and conditioning specialists.
Exercise science professionals study how individuals acutely respond to exercise as well as how they adapt to long-term physical activity. By understanding the human body and its adaptive responses, exercise science professionals can assist individuals to improve their physical fitness, reduce risk of injury and disease, and enhance functional performance.
They also have the opportunity to work with a wide range of people-from youth to elderly, individuals who are healthy and those with chronic diseases and medical conditions, and those who wish to enhance their performance during activities of daily living, in athletics, occupational endeavors, athletic performance, or when participating in recreational activities. Physical fitness can therefore vary for each individual; exercise science professionals aim to help individuals enhance their human performance in order reach their maximum fitness potential and enhance their ability to function in each individual’s unique setting.
The Exercise Science major is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills relevant to effectively prepare students for a professional career in exercise science or to enroll in graduate studies. Coursework in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, and motor learning provide foundational knowledge regarding the structural and functional aspects of the human body. Students transition into courses addressing the body’s adaptations and response to physical activity as well as the pathological conditions and dysfunctions that individuals have that affect their health and ability to participate in physical activity. Finally, students participate in courses aimed at educating them to evaluate the various health- and skill-related domains of physical fitness, learn how to safely perform and teach exercise techniques, and design effective exercise programs aimed at improving any number of components of physical fitness.
The Health Promotion and Exercise Science (HPES) department values learning and application of knowledge through practical, real-world experiences. The curricular program specifically calls for students to engage in learning experiences through internships in which students get to explore professional interests and apply academic knowledge and skills in a practical setting.