Larry Birnbaum, Ph.D., Dept. Chair
The College of St. Scholastica
School of Health Sciences,
Burns Wellness Commons, Room 240
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: (218) - 723 - 6621
Exercise Physiology major
Preparing students for a career in clinical, applied and research settings
The Department of Exercise Physiology offers a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise physiology. The goal of the undergraduate program is to prepare students for careers in clinical, applied, and research settings. The common theme of the undergraduate curriculum is a focus on the study of human physiology as it relates to exercise, physical activity, sport, and health. The exercise physiology degree program culminates in a semester-long internship in which the student chooses a site that is relevant to his or her interest area(s) and professional goals.
The exercise physiology program at St. Scholastica exposes students to hands-on learning through courses that have laboratory components utilizing the two fully-equipped exercise physiology laboratories. 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.
A low student-to-faculty ratio means individual attention
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 low 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.
Students should apply for admission to the department before March 31 of their sophomore year. Applicants must have at minimum a 2.7 cumulative grade point average. Application information can be obtained from the chair of the department.
Upon completion of the academic degree in Exercise Physiology at The College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:
- Justify the roles exercise physiologists play in health care, fitness, and athletics, including the treatment and prevention of a variety of diseases that have a strong behavioral component such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.
- Perform and interpret assessments of physical and physiological parameters that indicate client health and fitness.
- Critically evaluate research studies and apply the results to athletes, various patient populations, and the general public.
- Display professional behavior in all interactions with clients and colleagues.
- Develop individual exercise programs for a wide assortment of clients including athletes, various patient populations, and the general public.
- Discuss the mind-body connection and the role that emotional health and stress management play in maintaining an individual's health and well being.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills.
If you are looking for a career with the potential for advancement, consider Exercise Physiology. 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. Many graduates also choose to pursue graduate and professional degrees to better position themselves for careers in teaching, research, and other healthcare professions.
Some graduates have gone on to obtain masters and doctorate degrees while others have gone to work in sports, industry, clinical settings, research, pharmacology, the military, and government research. Still other students have been accepted in Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, or other professional programs of study.
Admission to major
Students should apply for admission to the department by March 31 of their sophomore year. Applicants must have a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average. Application information can be obtained from the chair of the department.
- 6 Credits Chemistry Courses*
- 4 Credits Psychology Course*
- 10 Credits Biology Courses
- 4 Credits Mathematics Course
- 4 Credits Physics Course*
- 2 Credits CPR and First Aid
Exercise Physiology (4 credits each)
- Sports Nutrition
- Psychophysiology of Stress and Exercise
- Exercise Physiology
- Physiological Assessment
- Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
- Exercise Electrocardiography
- Advanced Exercise Physiology
- Exercise Physiology Research