Hiram College

Integrative Exercise Science

Traditional Undergraduate

health care and athletic focus

Integrative Exercise Science is a multifaceted field of study which focuses on understanding the movement of the body, how various systems of the body respond to exercise, nutrition and its role in disease prevention and sport performance, and exercise testing and prescription for healthy and special populations. Students pursuing integrative exercise science seek careers in the health care or athletic industry. Hiram's program 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.

Select Your Track

Students electing the integrative exercise science major will complete tracks in sports health, human performance, and/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.

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, or clinical exercise physiology. Recommended complementary minors are biology, biomedical humanities, chemistry or neuroscience.

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.

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, or 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.

Select Your Minor

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. Students interested in the sports health track may elect to complete a sports health concentration instead of a minor, which can facilitate the completion of prerequisite courses required by medical and allied health graduate programs.

Capstone Experience

Students will complete either an internship or research project during their last semester.  This serves as a culminating experience that provides the opportunity for students to apply the theoretical knowledge of coursework and laboratory experiences into a practical or research environment.

Michael Rebold Headshot

Michael Rebold, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Program Director, and Assistant Professor of Integrative Exercise Science

Integrative Exercise Science is a part of Hiram Health

Health is at the core of everything we do at Hiram College. It’s in our curriculum, in our residence halls and in our programming. It’s in everything we do. The liberal arts education you receive at Hiram will provide a strong foundation for your health care career aspirations.

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