Exercise Physiology Major (M)
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.
- Demonstrate knowledge of applied anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology in healthy populations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of applied anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology in clinical populations.
- Demonstrate the ability to advocate for healthy lifestyles in diverse populations (eg. culture, literacy, age, gender, disability) using physical activity and exercise.
- Demonstrate Exercise Physiology skills and abililites by providing clear and accurate written assessments of human performance
- Demonstrate Exercise Physiology skills and abililites by providing clear and accurate verbal assessments of human performance.
- Apply current movement science research to guide evidence based practice.
- Identify and utilize appropriate means of health screening and disease classification in exercise programming.
- Student will evaluate the integration of Christian faith and ethical practice.
|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)|
|BIO 192||Human Anat & Phys II||4|
|HHP 280||Psychology of Sport||3|
|HHP 342||Nutrition Wellness/Perform||3|
|HHP 373||Motor Development||3|
|EXPH 225||Intro to Exercise Science||3|
|EXPH 442||Exercise Testing and Prescription||4|
|EXPH 470||Exercise Physiology||4|
|EXPH 471||Advanced Exercise Physiology||4|
|EXPH 475||Seminar in Exercise Physiology||2|
|EXPH 480||Program Design and Application of Strength and Conditioning Principles||3|
|EXPH 494||Exercise and Chronic Disease||3|
|EXPH 495||Senior Sem for Exercise Physio||3|
|or EXPH 460||Internship|
|PHIL 350||Bioethical Dilemmas (Human Beings and Being Human)||3|
|Advan Func Anatomy & Physiolog|
|Elem of Gen & Biolog Chem|
|General Chemistry I 1|
|General Chemistry II 1|
|School and Community Health|
|General Physics I 1|
|General Physics II 1|
|Life Span Development|
Although CHEM 141 General Chemistry I/CHEM 142 General Chemistry II, and PHYS 151 General Physics I/PHYS 152 General Physics II are recommended for all Exercise Physiology majors, only Pre Physical Therapy are required to take them for admittance into a Physical Therapy program. Students should check with their advisor for further information on options within the Exercise Physiology curriculum.