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What is Exercise Science?

Exercise science is the systematic study of the mechanisms underlying human movement and exercise. It is a broad field of study preparing students to work with a variety of populations in research and clinical settings. 

Exercise scientists focus on expanding knowledge and understanding through scientific inquiry and draw upon theories from many other disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology, as well as medical sciences such as physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and bioengineering. Exercise science is sometimes confused with fields such as sports medicine, athletic training, physical education and health, and leisure and sport management. It's important to note that these disciplines are distinct from exercise science.

At Elon, exercise science is a course of study designed to prepare students for advanced study and careers in a variety of fields. Much of the coursework is rooted in the sciences and offered through departments in Elon College: The College of Arts and Sciences. In courses offered through the Department of Exercise Science, students work with faculty who are active teacher/scholars and have been recognized for excellence in teaching, scholarly pursuits, service and leadership endeavors.

Alumni of Elon's Department of Exercise Science pursue diverse careers, including research, corporate health and wellness, personal fitness training, and strength and conditioning. Many graduates choose to attend graduate school in medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine and many other fields. Exercise science graduates have been accepted to prestigious institutions, including:

  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Havard University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Michigan State University
  • Temple University
  • Towson University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Miami
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greensboro)
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University.