With personal health and fitness occupying much of our nation's attention, a major in exercise physiology – tying together the studies of anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, nutrition and exercise – is an excellent way to tap into a plentiful job market whose goal is the promotion of a healthier nation through exercise and wellness programs. A degree in exercise physiology opens the door to professional opportunities in fitness training. It is also a great launching pad for those going into field such as sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy or exercise physiology. Learn more about careers in exercise physiology .
Stay professionally healthy
Since the exercise science major prepares you for a career helping healthy people, your job prospects won't be affected by fluctuations in health care payment plans.
The Marquette advantage
Choose one of the three tracks in the program:
- The fitness track prepares you for national certification as an exercise instructor, personal trainer or strength and conditioning specialist.
- The pre-professional track prepares you for graduate and professional education in such field as physical therapy, sports medicine, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology.
An athletic training major program is available to a select group of students.
Program in Exercise Science learning outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Apply critical thinking and evidence-based decision making in planning safe and effective exercise programming for any population as outlined in coursework and by the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association, and as evidenced in site supervisor assessment in applied/clinical settings.
- Demonstrate professional competence in practice including effective communication, conflict resolution, leadership, and decision making as laid out in coursework and as assessed by site supervisor in applied/clinical settings.
- Able to assess any patient/client fitness level using the five components of fitness as defined in coursework (muscular strength, muscular endurance, aerobic capacity, flexibility, and body composition).