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.

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, and many other fields.

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