Exercise science prepare students to work in exercise-related areas by examining the effects of exercise and physical activity on the human body.
Appalachian State University’s Exercise Science (BS) - Clinical Exercise Physiology degree provides the academic preparation for students interested in working in a clinical setting with a variety of populations, including people who are obese or have cardiovascular, pulmonary metabolic or pediatric issues.
Classes are designed to teach students about specific pathophysiologies and the accompanying exercise recommendations. A substantial required internship further prepares students for graduate study or immediate entry into the work force. This academic course of study is designed to prepare students for successful completion of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential.
Employment: Former students have worked with Dunn Pediatric Therapy, Watauga Medical Center, Victory Junction Camp and other employers.
Graduate School: This concentration provides the academic preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate school for fields involving work in a clinical setting with a variety of populations, including people who are obese or have cardiovascular, pulmonary metabolic or pediatric issues.
Students take a 32-hour Exercise Science core, plus 30 hours in the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration. The concentration’s core courses include:
- Concepts of Clinical Exercise Testing
- Cardiovascular Physiology
- Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology and Rehabilitation
- Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
A minor is not required, but some students choose to minor in Public Health.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Exercise Science Club - designed for students majoring or minoring in exercise science or those interested in the field of exercise science. The club is a great way for students to meet each other and learn important information about the major and what you can do with it after graduation.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- The Department of Health and Exercise Science is primarily housed in the Holmes Convocation Center, which has 13 advanced laboratories, 10 classrooms and extensive public service areas.
- Students gain valuable skills through applied laboratory experiences in state-of-the-art facilities. The Human Performance Laboratory Complex houses the Human Performance, Hydrostatic and Fisher Hamilton/Nycom Biochemistry laboratories. There are also Neuromuscular and Biomechanics laboratories in the department.
- A required internship further enhances academic preparation and practical experience.
- Students have opportunities to conduct research alongside their professors and contribute to finding innovative solutions for regional and national problems. They also present their findings at professional conferences.
- Faculty in the Department of Health and Exercise Science are nationally and internationally known researchers who are also expert teachers.
Number of Students
Method of Delivery
On campus only
Some of these jobs may require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
- Biomedical Research
- Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
- Community/Corporate Wellness Coordinator
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Exercise Physiologists
- Fitness Director/Coordinator
- Health Consultant
- Industrial Fitness Specialist
- Massage Therapist
- Occupational or Physical Therapist
Dr. N. Travis Triplett