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Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology Program in the WVU School of Medicine provides students with the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of science degree, a master of science degree and a Ph.D. in this field of study.

The bachelor of science program in exercise physiology is a preparatory program for graduate or professional school. Graduates continue their education in areas such as exercise physiology, physical therapy, dentistry, pharmacy or medicine. The program is designed to provide a background in basic science and exercise physiology, and includes courses in nutrition, athletic training, first aid and emergency care, and business.

Exercise physiologists are trained to evaluate people in the areas of cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, neuromuscular integration and body composition. They are also trained to provide exercise programs, based on the results of these evaluations, that increase the functional capacity of the participants. Those with a Ph.D. are trained to be independent investigators in exercise science.

Career Profile

Exercise physiologists work with athletes, patients, or healthy participants in the area of disease prevention in wellness programs or rehabilitation in hospital settings. An individual interested in exercise physiology may be employed in community organizations, commerce and industry, rehabilitation programs, and competitive sports programs. Graduates are usually employed as personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and/or wellness coordinators.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

EXPH 100 Orientation: Exercise Physiology 1 HN&F 171 Introduction to Human Nutrition BIOL 101 General Biology CHEM 110 Introduction to Chemistry MATH 126A College Algebra 5-Day

Senior Year

EXPH 475 Industry Organization in Exercise Physiology EXPH 460 Pathophysiology STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference EXPH 491 Professional Field Experience AEM 341 General Microbiology

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Exercise Physiology curriculum has been endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Alumni Profiles

Brett Phillips

"The rigorous curricula, leadership roles and research experience through this program prepared me to be accepted on one of the nation’s top sports and exercise science master's programs—The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research is focused on both enhancing function and the reduction of co-morbidities in individuals afflicted with diseases such as breast cancer."

Liz Repella

Liz Repella, from Steubenville, Ohio, was a guard on the Mountaineer women’s basketball team and received the 2010 Red Brown Cup, presented annually to WVU’s most outstanding all-around student-athletes. She also received the 2008-09 Big East Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, which recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.

Kaylee Kuzma

Kaylee Kuzma attends physical therapy school at the University of Pittsburgh and plans to become a traveling physical therapist. She graduated from WVU in 2015 with a B.S. in exercise physiology and an emphasis in aquatic therapy. As a WVU student, she worked at HealthSouth and HealthWorks as an aquatic therapy intern. “WVU helped me discover who I am. It helped me find my passion for the outdoors and travel, and helped me realize what I want to do with my future.”

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