Exercise Physiology

About Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is the study of muscular activity and the associated functional responses and adaptations. Exercise physiologists have a strong background in the scientific basis underlying exercise-induced physiological responses. Applied exercise physiologists manage programs geared toward healthy individuals and those with controlled diseases, while clinical exercise physiologists work with physicians in clinical settings to apply physical activity and modify behaviors based on proven benefits.  

Exercise Physiology at Valdosta State University

Students in the exercise physiology program at Valdosta State University learn about the scientific basis underlying exercise-induced physiological responses and have opportunities to apply their knowledge in settings outside the classroom. Exercise physiology students have access to academic labs where they can perform cardiac rehab programs for training and research, along with a human performance lab that houses equipment for work related to cardio-pulmonary assessment and body fat analysis. Students can also gain hands-on experience at the Valdosta State fitness center.  

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology (B.S.E.P.)

About the Exercise Physiology Curriculum

B.S.E.P.

Students in the exercise physiology program at Valdosta State engage in both theoretical and hands-on activities in clinical and non-clinical settings. Students gain knowledge in numerous areas, including anatomy, biomechanics, physiological responses to exercise, nutrition and electrocardiography, and develop the administrative and leadership skills necessary to help various populations. Students are prepared to work in a variety of settings, including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, corporate fitness/wellness, hospital health promotion and outpatient rehabilitation, human performance laboratories and private practice. Graduates are also prepared for various industry certifications and receive a strong foundation that will allow them to continue their professional studies in areas such as exercise physiology, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy and more.  

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Careers*

  • Athletic trainer
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dietician
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness instructor
  • Health instructor
  • Medical doctor
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education secondary school teacher
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Rehabilitation therapist
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Wellness coordinator  

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications. 

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