The Exercise Physiology major at Concordia University prepares students to understand how the body responds and adapts to the stress of physical exertion. A thorough knowledge of exercise physiology enables one to understand the physiological mechanisms responsible for the acute and chronic response to physical activity. This knowledge can be used by students as they enter the workforce in health and fitness industries, strength and conditioning programs, clinical exercise physiology settings or entry into professional/graduate studies such as Concordia's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, Master of Occupational Therapy program, or master’s/doctoral work in the exercise sciences.

Coursework in the Exercise Physiology major includes a strong foundation in the sciences plus significant hands-on laboratory work assessing cardiovascular, neuromuscular, and pulmonary responses in Concordia's Exercise Physiology Laboratory.  Emphases in this major include both clinical exercise physiology and strength and conditioning. Students will be prepared to sit for nationally recognized certification exams offered through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Opportunities are available to participate in developing and conducting research projects in the exercise physiology laboratory and/or to pursue internships to gain additional practical experiences in their preferred field.

Core Requirements45
Major Requirements48
Electives27
Minor: Optional
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
Weight Training (Human Beings and Being Human)
or HHP 130 Advanced Weight Training
Human Anat & Phys I (Natural World)
Statistics I (Natural World)
General Psychology (Human Beings and Being Human)
Required Courses
BIO 192Human Anat & Phys II4
BIO 285Pathophysiology3
HHP 280Psychology of Sport3
HHP 342Nutrition Wellness/Perform3
HHP 373Motor Development3
HHP 375Biomechanics3
EXPH 225Intro to Exercise Science3
EXPH 442Exercise Testing and Prescription4
EXPH 470Exercise Physiology4
EXPH 471Advanced Exercise Physiology4
EXPH 475Seminar in Exercise Physiology2
EXPH 480Program Design and Application of Strength and Conditioning Principles3
EXPH 494Exercise and Chronic Disease3
EXPH 495Senior Sem for Exercise Physio3
or EXPH 460 Internship
PHIL 350Bioethical Dilemmas (Human Beings and Being Human)3
Recommended Electives
Advan Func Anatomy & Physiolog
Human Physiology
Elem of Gen & Biolog Chem
General Chemistry I 1
General Chemistry II 1
School and Community Health
Healthy Lifestyles
General Physics I 1
General Physics II 1
Life Span Development
Abnormal Psych
Total Hours48