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Integrative Exercise Science

The Exercise Science Department emphasizes a combination of a strong science education, hands-on learning in laboratory and clinical settings, and a foundation in biomedical humanities designed to develop ethically grounded, humanistic health care, fitness and wellness providers.

Students majoring in integrative exercise science complete a strong core of exercise science coursework integrated with biology and biomedical humanities courses. The major is accompanied by a requirement that students concurrently complete a minor in a second discipline aligned to their individual learning or professional goals. An internship or research project as a culminating experience provides the opportunity for the student to apply the theoretical knowledge of coursework and laboratory experiences into a practical or research environment.

Students electing the integrative exercise science major will complete tracks in sports health, human performance, or sport and fitness management, accomplished through elective coursework and their chosen minor. Students will work closely with the integrative exercise science faculty to determine the best academic minor to meet their individual goals and objectives.

The sports health track prepares students for various graduate opportunities in the medical and allied health professions including, but not limited to: physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant and clinical exercise physiology. Recommended complementary minors are biology, biomedical humanities, chemistry or neuroscience.

The human performance track prepares students with an interest in sport, fitness and wellness professions including graduate studies in areas such as interscholastic, intercollegiate or professional sport strength and conditioning, personal training, coaching, wellness and health promotion or corporate fitness. Recommended complementary minors include business, education, psychology, sociology or biomedical humanities.

The sports and fitness management track prepares students with an interest in sports management, administrative and marketing professions including athletic administration, sports information, sport facilities management and sport entrepreneurship. It is highly recommended that students interested in this area major in business or a related field and MINOR in integrative exercise science. Students who do, however, choose to major are recommended to pursue the following minors: business, communication, education or entrepreneurship.

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