Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology

For more information contact:

Dr. Pete Grandjean, Ph.D., FACSM
Associate Dean for Research Collaborations and Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of HHPR and Graduate Director of Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology Mission Statement

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.

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.


Exercise Physiology Program

Core Requirements (6 hours)
HP 5379 - Research Methods in HHPR
STAT 5300 - Statistical Methods

Required Emphasis Core (21 hours)
HP 5328 - Physiology of Exercise I - Neuromuscular
HP 5330 - Physiology of Exercise II - Cardiopulmonary
HP 5333 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
HP 5340 - Advanced Biochemistry in Exercise Science
HP 5352 - Advanced Principles of Exercise and Sport Nutrition
HP 5354 - Advanced Methods of Strength and Conditioning
HP 5357 - Advanced Methods of Exercise Programming for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities

Restricted Electives with Advisory Approval (3 hours)
HP 5V70 - Special Topics in HHPR
HP 5370 - Sport Psychology
HP 5384 - Biomechanics of Human Movement

PUBH 5337 - Health Concepts in Epidemiology
FCS 5351 - Nutrition and Aging

Other Requirements
HP 5V99 - Thesis (6) or
HP 5V90 - Internship (6)

Comprehensive Exam



Program Course Rotation & Planner

Exercise Physiology Course Planner



Dr. Brian Leutholtz

Professor, Exercise Physiology

Dr. Darryn Willoughby

Professor, Biochemistry

Dr. Deborah Johnston

Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology 

Dr. Yunsuk Koh

Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology


Laboratory Facilities

Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science and Technology (BLEST)

Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Lab (EBNL)