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 (3)
STAT 5300 or EDP 5334 - Statistical Methods (3)


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 - Exercise Programming for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities (3)

Suggested 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)

HP 5V99 - Thesis (6)      

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.

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)