Exercise Science

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program at Marshall University is part of the School of Kinesiology in the College of Health Professions. Exercise Science is a scientific program of study that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. The program includes instruction in biomechanics, motor behavior, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, and related analytical methods and procedures in applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.

The Exercise Science department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Undergraduate Three Areas of Emphases

Exercise Physiology

Prepares Students for further education including graduate study in exercise physiology, physical therapy and medicine, In addition, graduates often pursue careers in medically-based rehabilitation programs or research.

Strength and Conditioning

Prepares students for graduate study in exercise physiology as well as hands-on careers such as personal training, strength coach, or wellness director.

Health and Wellness

Prepares students for graduate study in exercise physiology as well as careers in public health, health education, or wellness coaching.

Prospective students must meet the minimum criteria listed below to be considered for admission to the program.

  • An overall cumulative minimum GPA of 2.50
  • A "C" or better on all prerequisites
  • Admission to Marshall University
  • Declared Exercise Science as a major

Graduate Exercise Science Three Areas of Emphases

The M.S. in Exercise Science degree prepares students for allied health and medical careers in the clinical, commercial, corporate, community, university, and medical settings. Options include an emphasis on leadership roles and skills that permit one to work with individuals on a client/patient continuum extending from the elite athlete to those with chronic disorder/disease to the cardiac transplantation patient as well as the in between - the recreational athlete and those simply wishing to stay healthy by living sensibly. Options include careers as clinicians in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and diabetes management programs, as athletic trainers, as exercise physiologists, as well as preparation for other medical fields including physical therapy, pharmaceutical and pacemaker sales, as pharmacists, as physician assistants, as physicians, and for advanced degrees in related doctoral programs.

The course of study for the M.S. in Exercise Science degree is a two-year program with a 36-39-hour requirement. Admission to the program requires a 2.75 GPA, an appropriate undergraduate/graduate background, completion of the GRE, three letters of reference, and admission to the Graduate College.

Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Area of Emphasis is designed to meet the needs of the clinical, high school, middle school, college, professional, industrial, and independent athletic trainer. The program is designed to build on existing knowledge and skills the student has acquired in the student's respective undergraduate program. Elective courses can chose from the approved courses with approval of the student's assigned academic advisor and/or can be determined by the academic advisor depending on the student's background, needs, and/or weaknesses. The emphasis in athletic training can be accomplished by a thesis or non-thesis track. Successful completion of oral comprehensive exam/thesis defense is required for graduation. Six hours of the degree may be fulfilled with coursework outside the Division of SOK.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Clinical Applied Area of Emphasis: Cardiac Rehabilitation focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation in the clinical, corporate, commercial, community, and medical settings. The course of study has a strong science orientation. Research clearly shows that seventy percent (70%) of all premature death and chronic disability could be prevented with appropriate life-style changes. This includes sensible nutrition, exercise, smoke cessation, and related behavioral changes. Such intervention and risk factor management can significantly reduce all-cause mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, mental health disorders, and cancer. Our quality of life, as well, can be improved and our chances for longevity increased. Because of the awareness and the skyrocketing cost of contemporary treatment-oriented health care, our graduates are becoming major players in an alternative approach emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation.

Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology Area of Emphasis is broadly based upon basic sciences: human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and biology. Exercise Physiology is chiefly concerned with how the acute and chronic effects of exercise influence various cells, tissues, and physiological systems. Exercise Physiology is a highly integrative field of study that involves examining how the failure or enhancement of one physiological system can influence another. Graduate students have the opportunity to be involved in both applied research and basic science pertaining to the effects of exercise on physiological systems at both the cellular and molecular levels.