The Department of Exercise Physiology offers undergraduate (Bachelor of Science) and graduate (Master of Science) degrees in exercise physiology. The goal of the undergraduate and graduate exercise physiology programs is to prepare students for careers in clinical, applied, and research settings.
The graduate program is a focused one-year sequence composed of eight courses (four per semester) culminating in an internship or thesis completed during the summer. The common theme of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum is a focus on the study of human physiology as it relates to exercise, physical activity, sport, and health.
Graduates of the program continue on to a diverse range of clinical and applied settings ranging from health care and fitness/wellness to athletics and entrepreneurial endeavors. Some graduates also choose to pursue graduate and professional degrees to better position themselves for careers in teaching, research, and other healthcare professions.
The exercise physiology programs at St. Scholastica expose students to hands-on learning through the numerous courses that have laboratory components utilizing the two fully-equipped exercise physiology laboratories in addition to the anatomy laboratory for cadaver dissection (graduate program).
Additionally, the SHAPE UP program is housed within the Exercise Physiology Department and affords students the opportunity to work one-on-one with members of the St. Scholastica community to achieve their health and fitness goals.
The exercise physiology faculty have a wide range of backgrounds and are at St. Scholastica because they are educators first and enjoy teaching and working with students. The faculty also pursue various scholarly activities which include conducting original research studies and scientific writing. The student-to-faculty ratio and classrooms equipped with the latest technology foster a friendly environment that is conducive for learning.
The department is located in the new academic wing of the Burns Wellness Commons which is a recent addition to the College (2008) and features a state-of-the-art academic, fitness, and athletic complex.