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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Exercise Science

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**NEW**The Exercise Science major requires a secondary application process as of the 2014-2015 bulletin. It is a competitive application and not all students will be admitted to the major. Learn more here.


Advising Sheet (2014-15) (pdf)

Exercise Science (General Emphasis, 2015-16) (pdf)

Exercise Science (Pre-PT Emphasis, 2015-16) (pdf)

Application for Upper Division Permission

Exercise Science Program Application

Internship Permission Form

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Student progress
Tracking Your Progress to Graduation (pdf)
About internships (pdf)

About the program
Program Highlights (pdf)
Scholarships/research support (pdf)

Program Overview: our BS in exercise science is regarded as one of the top programs in the country. We cater to students with wide range of interests. Our program prepares students for certifications offered by the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Faculty (2016-17)

Dr. Jessica Albers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: HCN 170; Phone: (507)-389-1471
Interest/Research: physical activity and fitness assessment in youth populations, development and evaluation of physical activity after-school programs, jump rope programs for youth, high intensity interval training, physical activity interventions for special populations

Dr. Kristen F. Konkol, PhD
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Exercise Science
Office: HC 1314; Phone: (507)-389-2679
Interest/Research: sports specific training, speet, agility, & quickness training, athletic performance testing, strength & conditioning, exercise immunology, global perspective in human performance

Dr. Cherie D. Pettitt, EdD, HFS, CSCS, PAPHS, CWC, EIM
Assistant Professor
Office: HCN 173; Phone: (507)-389-6715
Interest/Research: physical activity adherence and behavior change, wellness coaching, graduate student development, intercultural competence and health policy change

Dr. Robert W. Pettitt, PhD, FACSM, ATC, CSCS*D
Office: HC 1400; Phone: (507)-389-1811
Interest/Research: strength & conditioning, exercise physiology, athletic performance testing and assessment, overuse injuries

Dr. Mary F. Visser, PhD
Professor and IFO President
Office: HCN 181; Phone: (507)-389-2672

GraduateAssistants, Research Assistants,
Graduate Adjuncts (2016-2017)

Mr. Michael Brasch (GA, MSU Strength and Conditioning)
Mr. Tia Dupont (GA, Wellness, South Central College)
Ms. Courtney Ferry (GA, Athletic Training)
Ms. Alexandra Hartman (GA, Athletic Training)
Ms. Emilie Hauser (Viola Holbrook Laboratory)
Ms. Whitney Jensen (Worksite Wellness, Blue Earth County)
Mr. Michael Kantor (TA, Biological Sciences)
Mr. Spencer Klaven (Adjunct, Human Performance)
Mr. Luke Krynski (GA, Viola Holbrook Laboratory)
Mr. Chris Malaske (RA, Octane Fitness Studies)
Ms. Ker Lor (GA, LGBT Center)
Mr. Slater Powell (GA, Viola Holbrook Laboratory)
Mr. Cody Ptacek (GA, St. Clair Athletics/Strength and Conditioning)
Ms. Emilee Traxler (TA, Biological Sciences)
Ms. Kate Weed (RA, Force Science Institute)

Contacting the HP Lab GA’s

GA Office is in Highland Center Rm 1300. The phone number is (507)-389-5988

Updated Dec 2016