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 such as cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, dietetics, occupational therapy, medicine and chiropractics. The Exercise Science graduate may also pursue careers or advanced studies in disciplines including, but not limited to, corporate wellness, strength and conditioning, public health, personal training, applied physiology, psychology, bioengineering and related areas of research.

Department News

DPTE students & faculty present at 2015 American College of Sports Medicine Conference

Three second-year Elon DPT students and two faculty members recently presented research at the 2015 ACSM conference held in San Diego.

Participants needed for exercise study

Panelists discuss the realities of concussion at Elon

As part of the 2nd Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium, an Elon panel explored the reasons that led to the implementation of a safer protocol when determining return-to-play and return-to-learn decisions at the university.

I Am Elon with Kathleen Hupfeld ’16

In addition to her rigorous coursework and research, the junior exercise science major has been volunteering continually since junior high school, and plans to use her Elon education as preparation to study physical therapy.

Researchers from Elon BrainCARE publish two articles 

Faculty from Department of Exercise Science (Caroline Ketcham, Eric Hall, Walter Bixby, Paul Miller and Kenneth Barnes), Department of Physical Therapy Education (Stephen Folger and Srikant Vallabhajosula) and Department of Sports Medicine (Kirtida Patel) and ESS alum Kelsey Evans '14 recently published articles in Journal of Visualized Experiments and International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Scholarship takes center stage at SURF

Elon University students and professors shared research findings and creative work Tuesday at the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum, a day set aside each spring for the campus community to celebrate scholarship and faculty mentoring relationships.

Campus forum explores issue of hunger

A panel of experts heard from community members and students Tuesday night as ideas were shared for more effectively serving those confronting food insecurity and hunger in Alamance County.