Exercise Physiology

at Saint Francis University

  • Our Exercise Physiology Major

    The science of exercise is what we are about! It's not just about lifting weights, or running fast or far, it's about the how and why you can that is important. It's about the cellular machinery of the muscle for the lift or the run. It's about what provides the energy for the lift; it's about the physics of the lift. It's how the heart and lungs function and how they change and improve with training. It's about improving health. We teach you how to think about it, how to investigate it, and how to do it! It's the science of exercise.

    About our Program

    You can choose to earn a bachelor of science degree in exercise physiology or you can minor in exercise physiology as a complement to another major. Our program focuses on exercise physiology and biomechanics built on a foundation of chemistry, biology, anatomy, mathematics, and physics.

    Mission Statement

    Our mission is to prepare graduates that are competent, entry-level Exercise Physiology professionals who demonstrate critical thinking, embrace lifelong learning, and serve the health and fitness needs of consumers and society.

    Exercise Physiology Program Highlights

    • Small class size and individual attention
    • Curriculum that follows the guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine
    • Flexible curriculum tracks to tailor your major to your career aspirations: fitness, allied-health, research, or medicine
    • ¬≠Outreach opportunities to practice new skills while helping others
    • Specialized Internships to focus your career goals

    Goals of the Exercise Physiology Major

    1. To provide students the evidence based knowledge, critical thinking skills, and abilities for entry-level positions in the exercise physiology profession.
    2. To prepare students for graduate education and national certifications including, but not limited to, the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
    3. To prepare students, consistent with the Goals of Franciscan Higher Education, to evince a humble and generous attitude toward learning, service to the poor and the needy, and respect for the uniqueness of individual persons.
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