Exercise and Sports Science

Exercise Physiology


Major in Exercise Physiology, B.S. degree

The field of Exercise Physiology is a dynamic and ever changing profession. UMHB is at the forefront of the profession with outstanding faculty, facilities, and laboratories. Exercise physiology majors can take advantage of active classrooms that regularly utilize our gym, weight room, cardio area, and Human Performance Lab for instruction. UMHB's Exercise Physiology program is also recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association through their ERP program


Desirable outcomes for the individual expected to result from this emphasis are a greater understanding of human performance from a physiological, nutritional, anatomical, kinesiological, and functional standpoint. Exercise physiologists need a background for the physiological basis for why exercise promotes adaptations but also need to excel at assessment, prescription, and practical application of these principles as they pertain to all areas of interests including: performance, clinical exercise physiology, strength & conditioning, wellness, nutrition, and fitness. In addition, a high level of physical fitness, improved motor skills, greater neuromuscular coordination, personal and group social skills, refined kinesthetic sense, ability to think and to interpret knowledge, and refined and enlarged appreciation for an understanding of exercise performance are expected outcomes of the major.

Exercise Physiology majors receive the requisite, professional preparation to graduate equipped with the ability to pursue exciting careers from a dynamic exercise science and fitness industry. All majors are required to complete a culminating experience in the form of an internship to gain experience and apply the principles covered in their major coursework.

Exercise Physiology Career Opportunities:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab
  • Fitness Program Coordinator
  • Performance Specialist
  • Wellness Coach
  • Sport Nutritionist
  • Chiropractic Health Club Manager
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Health/Fitness Instructor
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Physician Assistant
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Intramurals & Recreation Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Information Director
  • Director of Sports Facilities
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Education Director
  • Wellness Coordinator

A major in Exercise and Sport Science is 39 semester hours consisting of EXSS 2340; 2352; 3107; 3135; 3141; 3354; 3379; 3390; 3395; 3396; 4344; 4350; 4392; 4394 and 4398. Required support courses for this major include BIOL 2440 and 2441. Grades of "C" or better required in all courses in the Exercise Physiology major.

Exercise Physiology Course list is below:

  • EXSS       2340      Introduction to EXSS
  • EXSS       2352      Personal Health & Fitness
  • EXSS       3107      Advanced Cardio Training
  • EXSS       3135      Advanced Resistance Training
  • EXSS       3141      EXSS Practicum
  • EXSS       3354      Sport Nutrition
  • EXSS       3379      Exercise & Sport Psychology
  • EXSS       3390      Anatomical Kinesiology
  • EXSS       3395      Physiology of Exercise
  • EXSS       3396      Physiology of Exercise II
  • EXSS       4344      Administration of EXSS
  • EXSS       4350      Principles & Techniques in Strength & Conditioning
  • EXSS       4392      Tests & Measurements
  • EXSS       4394      Exercise Testing& Prescription
  • EXSS       4398      Internship in EXSS

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