Exercise Physiology Department

Students in lab

The graduate Exercise Physiology 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.

Hands-on learning opportunities

The exercise physiology programs expose students to hands-on-learning through lab-intensive courses that utilize 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.

More information for . . .

Prospective Students

Current Students

Contact us

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
E-mail: Lbirnba3@css.edu

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In association with the missions of The College of St. Scholastica and the School of Health Sciences, the Exercise Physiology Department strives to prepare graduates for professional work in various settings and with diverse populations. Both the graduate and undergraduate programs focus on evidence based practices and contemporary technologies to provide the knowledge, skills and values required for professional success. 


Exercise physiologists play a meaningful role in the health and wellness of individuals of all ages, in the enhancement of athletic performance, and in the treatment and prevention of lifestyle diseases, such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The Department of Exercise Physiology at the College of St. Scholastica strives to promote the use and understanding of exercise in health care, health and fitness, and athletics.