This program offers a balanced, holistic curriculum that connects health and science with fitness and exercise. Students in the program will develop an in-depth understanding of:
- The movement of the body.
- How various systems of the body respond to exercise.
- Nutrition and its role in disease prevention and sport performance.
- Exercise testing and prescription for healthy and special populations.
The goal of this program is to help students prepare for graduate school or a variety of job opportunities in clinical, private, athletic, educational or corporate fitness settings.
Students in the integrative exercise science program take a unique combination of courses in biology, biomedical humanities and exercise science. Science courses help them get hands-on experience in laboratory and clinical settings, while biomedical humanities courses help students develop into ethically grounded and humanistic professionals. By the time they graduate, students will know how to conduct health- and sports-related assessments, take measures for disease prevention and prescribe physical activity or exercise interventions.
A Supportive Learning Environment
Students in the integrative exercise science program enjoy the benefit of learning in smaller classrooms on Hiram’s close-knit campus. They can get hands-on experience in the integrative exercise science (IES) lab, which is equipped with assessment and diagnostic equipment found in a variety of professional career settings. Students also have the chance to conduct scholarly research (children’s physical activity behaviors, effects of cell phone use during exercise, effects of iPad use during physical activity, softball training) or pursue an internship as part of their senior capstone project.
Select Your Track
To personalize the program to their interests and goals, students will choose one of three learning tracks. These tracks include sports health, human performance and sport and fitness management, and each of these tracks requires students to choose a minor.
Sports Health Track
The sports health track is designed for students who are interested in:
- Physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, chiropractic medicine or clinical exercise physiology.
- Recommended complementary minors include biology, biomedical humanities, chemistry or neuroscience.
Students interested in the sports health track may elect to complete a sports health concentration instead of one of the recommended minors listed above. This concentration allows students to complete their prerequisites for graduate school while staying on track and graduating on time.
Human Performance Track:
The human performance track can help prepare students who are interested in:
- Personal training, wellness and health promotion, coaching, corporate fitness or strength and conditioning for interscholastic, intercollegiate or professional sports.
- Recommended complementary minors include business, education, psychology, sociology or biomedical humanities.
Sport and Fitness Management Track
The sport and fitness management track is designed for students who are interested in:
- Athletic administration, sports information, sports facilities management or sports entrepreneurship.
- For students interested in this area, it is highly recommended to major in management or a related area and choose integrative exercise science as a minor.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Another way students can prepare for the future is to get involved on campus by joining the IES club and the health and wellness program. Students can also to build their professional networks by joining the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
There are also opportunities to gain real-life experience in the community as well as on campus. Students can work with athletic teams, elementary schools, nursing homes and more. This exposes them to diverse populations including athletes, healthy adults and individuals with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, orthopedic conditions or Parkinson’s disease.