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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Exercise Science

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For more information, contact:
Dr. Cherie Pettitt, Coordinator of Exercise Science
Office: Highland Center 1314
Phone: 507-389-6715

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.




General Program Advising Sheet (pdf)
Four-year plan - based on interest area
Pre-Physical Therapy (pdf)
Pre-Occupational Therapy (pdf)
Pre-Clinical Exercise Physiology (pdf)
Strength Training & Conditioning (pdf)


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

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

Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Faculty (2013-14)

Ms. Ida Clark, MS, CSCS
Assistant Professor
Office: HC 1316; Phone: (507)-389-2768
Interest/Research: strength & conditioning, exercise physiology, athletic performance testing and assessment

Mr. Walt Groteluschen, MS
Adjunct Faculty
Interests/Research: statistics, racquetball, proofreading, editing

Dr. Theresa Mackey, EdD, ATC, ATR
Associate Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator for Athletic Training Education
Office: HC 1220; Phone: (507)-389-1355
Interest/Research: injury/illness prevention, immediate and emergency care, injury evaluation, strength & conditioning, didactic athletic training, clinical education

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, ATC, CSCS*D
Associate Professor
Office: HC 1400; Phone: (507)-389-1811
Interest/Research: strength & conditioning, exercise physiology, athletic performance testing and assessment, overuse injuries

Dr. Kristy Popp, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: HCN 181; Phone (507)-389-2679
Interest/Research: Stress Fractures in athletes, bone health, exercise physiology, athletic performance, functional movement, injury prevention, iron deficiency in athletes

Dr. Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATC, ATR, CSCS
Professor and
Director of Athletic Training Education
Office: HC 1222; Phone: (507)-389-2029
Interest/Research: Therapeutic modalities, placebo, therapeutic exercise, strength and conditioning, dermatology, stretching, balance and proprioception, clinical instruction, accreditation, education and learning

Dr. Mary F. Visser, PhD
Professor and
Coordinator of Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology
Office: HC 1314; Phone: (507)-389-2672

Graduate Assistants/Graduate Adjuncts (2013-2014)
Ms. Lydia Bergeson (Biology)
Mr. Mike Borneke (Biology)
Mr. Sam Courtright (Adjunct)
Mr. Nate Dicks (Force Science Institute)
Mr. Kalvin Danzl (St. Clair Athletics)
Ms. Stephanie Gerlach (HP Lab)
Ms. Lauren Glorvigen (Adjunct)
Mr. Will Maass (MSU Athletics)
Mr. Nick Jamnick (HP Lab)
Ms. Heather Prumer (MSU Athletics)
Mr. Brandon Rohrig (SCC Wellness)
Ms. Ashley Sash (Biology)
Mr. Aaron Solomonson (Loyola Athletics)
Ms. Nicole Wigern (Biology)
Ms. Amanda Younger (HP Lab)

Contacting the HP Lab GA’s

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

Updated Sept 2013