Exercise Science and Health students will gain in-depth knowledge of the human body and how physical activity, healthy eating and psychosocial behaviors reduce chronic disease and disability and improve quality of life.
In the Exercise Science and Health program classroom, teaching will be combined with hands-on and service learning projects to give you an opportunity to apply your new skills in real-world and laboratory settings.
Hands on experience:
There are various opportunities for student involvement in the Human Performance Laboratory
during the school year as well as summer. The Human Performance Laboratory houses the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, the primary research lab for the Exercise Science and Health program, along with the Biomechanics Laboratory - which is equipped to conduct biomechanical and motor control research using force plate and infrared camera technology.
Examples of career opportunities:
- Exercise physiologist
- Personal trainer
- Physician assistant
- Occupational therapist
- Health educator
- Physical therapist
- Fitness specialist
Examples of research in the program:
- Peer leadership in sport and exercise
- Effects of obesity on cardiac performance
- Exercise and inflammation
- Understanding and managing stress and anxiety in sport and life
- Sedentary behavior and risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disease
- Surveillance of healthy eating in communities
In the Exercise Science and Health Undergraduate program, you may pursue an emphasis in one of the following areas:
Fitness, health and human performance:
Prepares students for the fitness, performance and health care industries.
Prepares students for graduate programs in physical therapy
Prepares students for admittance to the University of Idaho's 3+2 program - a 5-year program that allows students to apply to the master of athletic training program
after their junior year and complete a bachelor's and a master's degree within five years.