Exercise Physiology (MS)

Program Requirements

Common Core

Assess physiological and activity-related risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, including compliance with ACSM physical activity guidelines and sedentary time. Critique models for examining metabolic responses to exercise at different domains of exercise intensity. Apply various prescription models for enhancing aerobic power and anaerobic capacity. Examine the role of cytokines for augmenting or attenuating oxidative stress. Conceptualize how exercise or thermoregulation alters peripheral and central vascular control and pressure-volume regulation of the heart.

Prerequisites: none

Laboratory experiences for advanced exercise physiology students, including various fitness and clinical tests, lactate analysis, spirometry, and measurement of expired gases.

Prerequisites: none

An in-depth study of the nutritional needs of athletes and other active individuals, including discussion of current research in the area.

Prerequisites: none

Integration of advanced concepts related to neuromuscular physiology, assessment, and exercise prescription. Functional movement screening, resistance training, and periodization for strength and power will be explored.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to the concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, applied and theoretical research, and validity and reliability methods used in the disciplines of physical education, human performance, and exercise science.

Prerequisites: none

Topics in Youth Physical Activity and Sport (3 semester credits) is a graduate level course that will focus on three major topics. The first topic will cover youth physical activity and sedentary behavior, examining past and current perspectives. The second focuses on physical activity and sport programs in school and community settings. The third examines major issues that separate youth from adults in the physiology of exercise, training, and sport programming.

Prerequisites: none

Introductory course to the research processes involved in the fields of physical education, exercise science, and human performance. Coverage of various types of research designs and writing of the research paper is a major intent of this course.

Prerequisites: none

Identification and assessment of physical activity and fitness in health, lifespan, and various chronic diseases.

Prerequisites: none

Studies the current problems and trends in selected fields of exercise science as well as current research being performed by department faculty, staff, and students.

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

Emphasis is placed on the biomedical aspects of aging and chronic disease. The course is designed for students majoring in biology, gerontology programs, or other health related programs.

Prerequisites: none

This course is a functional study of the heart and circulatory systems.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides the basis for understanding hormones and the mechanisms of their actions in both the normal and pathological states. Sample topics to be included are diabetes, osteoporosis, hormones of reproduction, and current social and medical issues related to the course.

Prerequisites: none

A lecture course that examines mechanisms of drug action, physiological responses and adverse reactions from sensitivities or allergies through overdose. Prereq: BIOL 105, 106, 230, and one year of general chemistry

Prerequisites: none

Fundamental principles of humoral and cell mediated immunity and the application of these principles. Current experimental work in the different areas of immunology will be discussed. Lab included.

Prerequisites: none

The course examines the foundations of emotional health and explores methods for promoting and maintaining emotional health. Emphasis is on recognition of, and enhancing awareness about, how stress affects human health and performance. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, effective communication, cognitive-behavioral approaches, eating behaviors, regular exercise, and time management are explored.

Prerequisites: none

Examines the philosophy and rationale of current epidemiological practice. Requires the application of epidemiological techniques to selected health concerns. Explores the interaction of agent, host, and environment with the emphasis on application of principles of prevention.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides in-depth exploration of the dietary needs of physically active individuals across the lifespan. Its laboratory component will focus on performance and interpretation of assessments commonly used to determine dietary and physiological status.

Prerequisites: none

Reviews the contextual issues and health policies in the workplace. Efficacy of best practices in worksite wellness strategies, employee engagement, program design and implementation, and program assessment are explored.

Prerequisites: none

To introduce interested students, professionals, and coaching licensure candidates to the psychological literature and latest techniques associated with coaching in an athletic setting.

Prerequisites: none

A seminar/discussion format course dealing with current issues within the multidisciplinary profession of sports medicine. A course directed toward disciplines dealing with all dimensions of the physically active individual.

Prerequisites: none

Examines the institution of sport from a sociological perspective. The intent of the course is to identify and discuss ways in which societal values affect the character of spot and vise versa, and better understand the positive and negative consequences of the way sport if organized in our society.

Prerequisites: none

Opportunity for in-depth studies when specific human performance course is not available to accommodate the student. Consultation with the faculty member is an important part of developing such topics that meet the individual study arrangement.

Prerequisites: none

An arranged readings course of selected professional literature relating to physical education, human performance, exercise science, and sport studies. The student in consultation with a professor determines the specific body of scholarly literature that will be emphasized during the course.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

Consult with advisor.

Course requires completion of alternate plan paper.

Prerequisites: none

Course requires completion of a manuscript submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. Prerequisite: graduate student/professor consent

Prerequisites: none

Supervised field experience related to the student's academic specialization associated with the disciplines of human performance. Disciplines include the following: College Teaching, Sport Management, Public School Teaching, D/APE, Intramural-Recreational Sports Management, Elementary Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, and Sport Psychology.

Prerequisites: none

Course requires completion of thesis paper.

Prerequisites: none

Degree Plan

The Degree Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual degree plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 9 Credits

Assess physiological and activity-related risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, including compliance with ACSM physical activity guidelines and sedentary time. Critique models for examining metabolic responses to exercise at different domains of exercise intensity. Apply various prescription models for enhancing aerobic power and anaerobic capacity. Examine the role of cytokines for augmenting or attenuating oxidative stress. Conceptualize how exercise or thermoregulation alters peripheral and central vascular control and pressure-volume regulation of the heart.

Prerequisites: none

Laboratory experiences for advanced exercise physiology students, including various fitness and clinical tests, lactate analysis, spirometry, and measurement of expired gases.

Prerequisites: none

An in-depth study of the nutritional needs of athletes and other active individuals, including discussion of current research in the area.

Prerequisites: none

Studies the current problems and trends in selected fields of exercise science as well as current research being performed by department faculty, staff, and students.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 9 Credits

Integration of advanced concepts related to neuromuscular physiology, assessment, and exercise prescription. Functional movement screening, resistance training, and periodization for strength and power will be explored.

Prerequisites: none

Introductory course to the research processes involved in the fields of physical education, exercise science, and human performance. Coverage of various types of research designs and writing of the research paper is a major intent of this course.

Prerequisites: none

Identification and assessment of physical activity and fitness in health, lifespan, and various chronic diseases.

Prerequisites: none

Second Year

Fall - 9 Credits

Introduction to the concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, applied and theoretical research, and validity and reliability methods used in the disciplines of physical education, human performance, and exercise science.

Prerequisites: none

Topics in Youth Physical Activity and Sport (3 semester credits) is a graduate level course that will focus on three major topics. The first topic will cover youth physical activity and sedentary behavior, examining past and current perspectives. The second focuses on physical activity and sport programs in school and community settings. The third examines major issues that separate youth from adults in the physiology of exercise, training, and sport programming.

Prerequisites: none

General Elective Course * 3 credits

Spring - 6 Credits

This course examines the theory and research of the psychology of exercise and behavior change, as well as how to integrate these theories into practice. Students will have opportunities to integrate learning into their personal lives.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course * 3 credits