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.

Exercise Science Mission

The mission of the Exercise Science program is to disseminate theoretical and empirical knowledge pertaining to exercise and physical activity through a multidisciplinary examination of physiological, biomechanical, psychological, and behavioral factors. This examination takes place in the classroom, through laboratory experiences, and experiential learning in professional settings. The focus of these endeavors is to critically examine the ways in which exercise and physical activity improve the human condition. Students develop necessary skills for advanced study and professional advancement through clinical, research, and volunteer activities. These skills include but, are not limited to, written and verbal communication; critical thinking and problem solving; active discovery; and application of theory to practice.

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.