Exercise physiology is the scientific study of acute physiological responses and chronic adaptations to a wide range of exercise conditions. Exercise physiologists use exercise as a non-invasive means to investigate changes in physiologic systems, organs, tissues, cells, organelles and molecules. Exercise physiologists with a clinical interest study the effect of exercise on pathology and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression. Exercise physiologists discover health and fitness benefits from different doses and types of physical activity and exercise. Advances in sports performance, recovery from intense and prolonged training and adaptations to extreme environmental conditions can be largely attributed to the field of exercise physiology.
Exercise physiology provides a strong academic foundation for individuals interested in careers in science, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes and weight management, lifestyle behavior change, sports physiology, coaching and other health- and fitness-related professions.
Students who wish to pursue the Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology must have graduated from an accredited four-year institution with a major in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology or related fields. Students who do not have the appropriate academic background are required to have both Human Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry as prerequisites. Additionally, it is recommended that students have taken exercise science related courses, such as exercise physiology and/or biomechanics.
Exercise Physiology Mission Statement
As committed Christians, our mission is to educate young men and women to become leaders and pioneers in exercise physiology by integrating our faith with academic training, research and evidence-based practice.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Yunsuk Koh
Department of HHPR
Graduate Exercise Physiology Program Director
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, Tx 76798-7313
Exercise Physiology Program
Statistics Core (6 hours)
HP 5379 - Research Methods in HHPR (3)
STAT 5300 or EDP 5334 - Statistical Methods (3)
Exercise Physiology Core (9 hours)
HP 5328 - Physiology of Exercise I - Neuromuscular Aspects (3)
HP 5330 - Physiology of Exercise II - Cardiopulmonary Aspects (3)
HP 5340 - Biochemistry in Exercise Science (3)
Exercise Physology Electives (6 hours - choose two courses from the following list)
HP 5322 Exercise Nutrition and Endocrinology (3)
HP 5324 Muscle Physiology and Metabolism (3)
HP 5333 - Exercise Testing and Prescription (3)
HP 5352 - Principles of Exercise and Sport Nutrition (3)
HP 5354 - Methods of Strength and Conditioning (3)
HP 5357 - Methods of Exercise Programming for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities (3)
Restricted Electives (3 hours - choose one course from the following list)
HP 5355 - Power, Speed, Agility Training (3)
HP 5358 - Environmental Physiology (3)
HP 5370 - Sport Psychology (3)
HP 5384 - Biomechanics of Human Movement (3)
PUBH 5337 - Health Concepts in Epidemiology (3)
NUTR 4351 - Life Cycle Nutrition (3)
NUTR 5351 - Nutrition and Aging (3)
HP 5V70 - Special Topics in HHPR*(3)
Capstone Experience (6 hours)
HP 5V90 - Internship (6)
HP 5V94 - Practicum in HHPR and HP 5V70 or 3-hr. course from Exercise Physiology or Restricted Electives or another HP 5V94 (3)
TOTAL - 30 hours
*Requires Exercise Physiology Faculty Committee approval. HP 5V70 may be taken up to three times, not to exceed 3 hrs. of course credit.
**Students choosing the Thesis option are exempt from the comprehensive exam requirement.