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Exercise Physiology major

Personal health and fitness have become national priorities — individuals and corporations in increasing numbers are turning to exercise physiology majors to fit a diversity of needs, interests and abilities. Tying together studies of anatomy, exercise, kinesiology, nutrition and physiology, the exercise physiology major prepares you to work in the health and wellness field.

You have options.

  • The exercise physiology track prepares you for a career as a corporate/community health and wellness specialist, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation professional or strength and conditioning specialist or for management in the health and fitness industry.
  • The pre-professional track prepares you for graduate and professional education in such fields as physical therapy, medicine, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, clinical and translational rehabilitation health science, pharmacy, and nursing.
  • The direct-admit PT track is for students who have been admitted to Marquette's doctoral degree program in physical therapy.
  • The M.S. degree track — our accelerated M.S. degree program — gives students the opportunity to begin course work in the clinical and translational health sciences program their senior year, meaning they complete a B.S. and M.S. in five years. Areas of study include community/corporate health and wellness; neuromuscular control of movement; pediatric and adult obesity; biomechanics; muscle fatigue; and pain.

Professionally fit as a fiddle.

Because you'll be working in a career helping healthy people — who are not relying on health insurance to pay for your services — your job prospects won't be affected negatively by changes in the health insurance industry. The boom in corporate wellness programs could help sustain the growth in the profession of exercise physiology. The exercise physiology major is also a great launch pad into fields such as sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy or exercise physiology.

The science of exercise.

Marquette's exercise physiology major encompasses anatomy, kinesiology, nutrition and physiology, so you'll understand how the body works and be well equipped to develop programs that enhance the body.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Emergency Care, CPR and AED
  • Introduction to Exercise Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • General Biology I
  • Introduction to Theology
  • General Elective
  • Introduction to Physical Therapy (DPT track only)


  • Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise Physiology and Bioenergetics
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • General Psychology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Statistics
  • Theory of Ethics
  • History of Cultures and Society
  • General Biology II
  • General Elective


  • Exercise Leadership
  • Exercise Science Practicum I
  • Exercise Physiology Elective
  • Cognitive and Motor Learning
  • Nutrition and Exercise Performance
  • Exercise Testing and Perscription EKG
  • Exercise Physiology Elective
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Theology Elective
  • General Electives or Physics I & II (DPT track only)


  • Advanced Exercise Physiology and Lab
  • Exercise Program Management
  • Exercise Physiology for Special Populations
  • Exercise Physiology Practicum II
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Applied Ethics for the Health Sciences
  • Electives

* Exercise science curriculum will differ for pre-professional and direct-admit PT tracks.

Exercise Physiology

You might like the exercise physiology major if you

✓ Are skilled in science

✓ Enjoy working with people

What can you do with a major in Exercise Physiology?

Exercise PhysiologyGo directly to work in the fitness industry or cardiopulmonary rehabilitation or go on to graduate or professional school, corporate fitness programs, health clubs and community fitness programs.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in exercise physiology.

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