Welcome to the Department of Exercise Science

Exercise Science is the systematic study of the mechanisms underlying human movement exercise, and physical activity. Sub-disciplines include human anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, psychology, motor control and biomechanics. An individual studying exercise science should have a strong interest in applying scientific principles to a variety of human movement, exercise and physical activity settings.

The Exercise Science program is dedicated to developing a student’s critical thinking skills, capacity to solve problems and the ability to apply theoretical concepts and contribute to the existing body of knowledge. The abilities are addressed in classroom and laboratory settings as well as practicum, internship and independent research opportunities. An Exercise Science major prepares students for careers in a variety of areas related to human movement, exercise and physical activity. The career possibilities for an individual with an exercise science background and appropriate graduate study include many fields in health and medicine.

Exercise Science Mission

The Department of Exercise Science at Elon University critically examines the ways in which movement, exercise, and physical activity are inherent to and improve the human condition. Our mission is to develop well-rounded and informed students through theoretical and empirical knowledge. Our diverse and world class teacher-scholar-mentors do this through:

• Outstanding teaching
• Engaged experiences in classroom and laboratory
• Mentoring undergraduate research experiences
• Create global citizens through study abroad experiences
• Experiential learning in professional settings through internships

Graduates of our program have the foundational knowledge and skills for advanced study and professional advancement.  These skills include, but are not limited to, written and verbal communication; critical thinking and problem solving; active discovery and reflection; and application of theory to practice.

Exercise Science Graduates

Graduates of our program have entered into:

  • Academic graduate programs (MS, PhD)
    • Exercise Science
    •   Neuroscience
    • Sport Psychology
    • Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Motor Neuroscience/Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Bioengineering
    • Nutrition
    • Public Health
    • Strength and Conditioning
  • Medicine (MD, DO, MD/PhD, DDS, BSN, NP, PA)
    • Physician
    • Nursing / Nurse Practicioner
    • Physician Assistant
    • Dentist
  • Rehabilitative sciences (DPT/OT/SLP/ATC)
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Pathology
    • Athletic Training   
  • Industries in health and wellness
    • Personal trainer
    • Wellness coordinator
    • Corporate health
    • Coach
    • Fitness coordinator
    • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
    • Recreation facilities
    • Pharmaceutical and biomedical sales

Department News

Elon research about how athletes perceive pain generates international attention

Nicole Razor '16, a member of the Elon women's basketball team, and Exercise Science Professor Eric Hall looked into how an athlete's perception of pain before an injury factored into how they experienced pain when injured. 

Elon faculty present at the Council for Undergraduate Research Biennial Meeting

Eric Hall, Paul Miller, Tim Peeples and Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler presented at the CUR Biennial June conference held at the University of South Florida in Tampa. 

Kathleen Hupfeld '16 Awarded 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Hupfeld is one of six students nationwide to receive the society's Marcus L. Urann Fellowship.

Paul Miller named assistant provost for communications and operations

Miller's appointment was announced May 31, 2016, by Provost Steven House.

Faculty and staff recognized at awards luncheon

Four faculty members and 19 retirees were honored May 11 for excellence and service to Elon.

Elon BrainCARE expands to become a new research institute 

The new institute now supports both students and student-athletes at Elon while continuing to lead evidence-based research and practice in the field of concussions and mental health.

College of Arts & Sciences recognizes distinguished alumni

David L. Wyrick ’94, Stuart E.Y. Richie ’10 (in absentia) and Maurice “Don” Owens ’95 were honored with the 2016 Elon College Distinguished Alumni Awards during a special April 28 ceremony.