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

Eric Hall targets misperceptions about concussions in 2017 Distinguished Scholar Lecture

Hall, professor of exercise science and faculty athletics representative, delivered the Distinguished Scholar Lecture on Feb. 2 in LaRose Digital Theatre.

Eric Hall to share concussion research at Distinguished Scholar Lecture on Feb. 2

Hall, a professor of exercise science, is co-director of the Elon BrainCare Research Institute and received the Distinguished Scholar Award from Elon last spring. 

Fox8 report highlights concussion insights of Elon BrainCARE Research Institute

Exercise Science Professor Eric Hall spoke with the High Point television station following the recent concussion of Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. 

Lumen Scholar finds focus on 'feeling good' may be the best exercise prescription

Nicole Doolen '17 is among the recipients of the Lumen Prize, which provides selected students with a $15,000 scholarship to support and celebrates their academic and creative achievements.

Lumen Scholar to present research in Hong Kong

Lumen Scholar Ashley King is traveling to Hong Kong to present her dance biomechanics research at the International Dance and Medicine Science Conference that begins Oct. 19. 

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.