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Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science at the University of Mount Union is a program for students interested in pursuing careers in the field of kinesiology or exercise physiology.

The four-year degree offers small class sizes and professors who forge relationships with students, creating an atmosphere well-suited for exceptional learning. Mount Union’s state-of-the-art facilities, not often found at institutions of our size, are available for exercise science students to gain the hands-on experience needed to excel in a rewarding field.

Exercise Science at Mount Union

The exercise science degree program is a two-track program – graduate school track or clinical track. Students have the option to change tracks until their second year of the program.

  • Graduate School Track: designed for students who wish to attend graduate school to pursue their intended career of choice. Although not a formal Pre-Physical Therapy Program, Mount Union’s exercise science major provides excellent preparation for students intending to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
  • Applied Track: designed for students who wish to enter the health-related fitness field directly following graduating.

Mount Union’s exercise science major offers extensive opportunities for real-world research with faculty, independently, or with other students. Many of the opportunities have led to students being invited to present their cutting-edge research at industry conferences across the world.

Curriculum

The University of Mount Union’s Exercise Science Program offers two tracks for students to choose from depending on their intended career – the Graduate Track or Applied Track.

Exercise science majors have the opportunity to choose one of the following two tracks to pursue depending on their intended career choice.

SEMINAR SERIES

The Exercise Science Seminar Series is a sequence of three courses offered during the sophomore, junior, and senior years of the curriculum. Each seminar has a unique focus, relevant to the student and where they stand in the curriculum. The series provides standardization on important topics and allows for students to receive the information in a timely and effective manner.

  • Sophomore Seminar: emphasizes professional skills, including written and oral communication specific to the field, networking, mock interviews and becoming involved within the profession at a regional or national level
  • Junior Seminar: geared toward Graduate Track students, focusing on ethical issues, grant writing, and the process of applying to a graduate program
  • Senior Seminar: a capstone course that provides students with an open forum to examine current events and discuss how they relate to our major

Students earn one credit hour per seminar. While there is some work required outside of the classroom, the intent of the series is not to be overly rigorous, but practical and applicable to the student’s academic career and overall life skills.

Students in both the Graduate and Applied Tracks are required to take the Sophomore Seminar. Students on the Graduate Track are then required to take the Junior and Senior Seminar, whereas students on the Applied Track are encouraged to enroll in both as elective courses.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound foundational knowledge and understanding of the principles of biology, chemistry, and nutrition, and an advanced understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise.
  • Demonstrate basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance and influence of physical activity, kinesiology, nutrition, and exercise on health and be an advocate for physically active lifestyles as a means to improve quality of life and reduce the risk and prevalence of lifestyle related diseases.
  • Plan, administer, and evaluate wellness and fitness programs, nutrition projects, and exercise physiology tracks based in sport, clinical, industrial, and/or corporate environments.
  • Demonstrate requisite skills and abilities for meaningful employment in exercise science related areas or pursue graduate studies in an exercise science related area.

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