The mission of the exercise science program at Appalachian State University is to prepare qualified professionals for employment in athletics programs, exercise/fitness centers, hospital wellness programs, corporate fitness programs, rehabilitation centers, and allied health areas. Additionally, the program prepares students for advanced study in related fields such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, physical therapy, medicine, chiropractic medicine, and for research. The program relies on a scientific core which allows the student to gain a complete understanding of human physiology and biomechanics and how exercise impacts those areas. Once the student completes the scientific core, they have the opportunity to specify areas of concentration in order to develop practical knowledge that uniquely prepares them for a career in their chosen area.
Admission to the program is highly competitive (15% acceptance rate) and 12-15 students are enrolled every fall semester. Related practical experience prior to application is helpful. The program consists of 42 credit hours and requires two academic years to complete.
You have the opportunity to assist in on-going research in the biomechanics, exercise biochemistry, human performance, hydrostatic, and neuromuscular laboratories.
You are encouraged to engage in research that culminates in a professional presentation or publication.
Hands-on experience in clinical exercise physiology and in the strength and conditioning environment (depending on the chosen concentration).
Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accreditation agency.