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 names 2017 Lumen Scholars

The university's top award comes with $15,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achievements.

Physical therapy, exercise science students present at Human Movement Science Research Symposium

Fifteen second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students and two senior exercise science majors presented their research at the 2017 Human Movement Science Research Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Elon celebrates National Biomechanics Day

Elon University marked its April 5, 2017 marked the second annual National Biomechanics Day celebration at Elon University on April 5. 

Elon BrainCARE Symposium to highlight concussion, mental health research

The Elon BrainCARE Research Institute will host its fourth-annual symposium on Thursday, April 6. 

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.