Concentrations: Fitness and Health Promotion; Exercise Physiology; Biomechanics
The M.S. major in Exercise Science prepares students at the graduate level to enter fields of worksite health promotion or fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, or related clinical programs; or to perform research in exercise science, including biomechanics and exercise physiology. The program includes classroom, laboratory, research, and field experience biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness assessment, exercise program design, and program management and related interdisciplinary coursework. The concentration areas within the degree program provide advanced academic preparation for a successful career in the health and fitness field or for advancement to doctoral-level study.
Program Academic Regulations
Fitness and Health Promotion Concentration and Exercise Physiology ConcentrationsStudents holding undergraduate degrees in physical education or health-related field (e.g., physical therapy, nutrition, respiratory therapy, nursing, or biology) or other departmentally approved degrees will be reviewed to determine if any undergraduate coursework must be completed prior to entry into the Exercise Science program. Minimum undergraduate coursework includes applied human musculoskeletal anatomy (KH 2220), human physiology (KH 2230), exercise physiology (KH 3650), biomechanics (KH 3600), fitness assessment and exercise prescription (KH 4630), and biochemistry or organic chemistry. Students with deficiencies in these areas will be required to take remedial coursework.
Students holding undergraduate degrees in physical education, exercise science, engineering, physics, mathematics, or a health-related field (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, or orthopedics) or other departmentally approved degrees will be reviewed to determine if any undergraduate coursework must be completed prior to entry into the Exercise Science program. Minimum undergraduate coursework includes applied human musculoskeletal anatomy (KH 2220), calculus through differential equations (Math 3260), mechanical physics or engineering statics and dynamics, exercise physiology (KH 3650), and biomechanics (KH 3600). Students with deficiencies in these areas will be required to take remedial coursework. Culminating Experience and Comprehensive ExaminationStudents in the Exercise Physiology concentration or Biomechanics concentration must successfully produce and defend a master's project. Students in the Fitness and Health Promotion concentration must successfully complete an approved master's internship. Students should contact the Department of Kinesiology and Health (404)413-8050 for additional information about these requirements.
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