What is Exercise Science?

Exercise Science is the systematic study of the mechanisms underlying human movement, inclusive of exercise, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors. Sub-disciplines include exercise physiology, neuroscience, psychology, motor control, and biomechanics. As exercise scientists focus on expanding knowledge and understanding through scientific inquiry, we 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. An individual studying exercise science should have a strong interest in applying scientific principles to a variety of populations in research and clinical settings.

Exercise Science at Elon

At Elon, 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. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for advanced study and careers in a variety of fields related to health and medicine. 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, and many other fields.

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.