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Exercise Science Major

Study how our bodies respond and adapt to movement. Through the Exercise Science program at Pitt State, dive deep into the scientific aspects of exercise-induced physiological responses.


State-of-the-Art Facilities

Learn by doing in cutting-edge laboratories, including the applied physiology lab and human performance lab. These resources provide an immersive learning environment for hands-on experimentation and research.

Research Opportunities

Engage in research activities, collaborating with faculty members on projects that contribute to the growing body of knowledge in exercise science.

Practical Application

Apply your knowledge and skills in clinical settings. Before graduating, complete an internship, working under the supervision of experienced professionals.

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Experimental Groups

Our students work with Pitt State athletes, local police officers, and firefighters to collect data for research projects.

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Equipment Training

By gaining proficiency in equipment, students develop the practical skills necessary for assessing and training individuals in different fitness settings.

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Cutting-Edge Labs
Gain lab access to specialized equipment typically reserved for graduate school students at other universities. 

Applied Physiology Lab, a research-driven educational center


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Human Performance Lab with the latest strength training and aerobic equipment

Exercise Science Careers

Exercise Science majors go on to careers in healthcare, fitness, rehabilitation, and research, including:

  • Exercise Physiologist: Evaluate client fitness levels, set goals, and develop personalized exercise regimens.
  • Personal Trainer: Work one-on-one with clients to achieve fitness goals through tailored exercise programs.
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Improve physical performance, enhance endurance, increase strength, and prevent injuries of athletes.
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist: Design and implement exercise programs for patients with chronic diseases, cardiac conditions, or other medical issues.
  • Researcher: Conduct studies, experiments, and clinical trials to expand knowledge and improve practices related to exercise, physical fitness, and human performance. 

Many of our graduates pursue professional school in physical therapy, sports medicine, occupational therapy, and chiropractic medicine. Or, they train for additional certifications to reach their career goals as:

  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists (CSCS)
  • Certified Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES)
  • Certified Personal Trainers (CPT)

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Optimize athletic performance and enhance physical fitness through evidence-based training. Learn how to design customized training programs, conduct performance assessments, and train athletes to reach their full potential.

Manage and prevent chronic diseases, rehabilitate, and improve the overall health of patients through activity. Students gain a solid foundation for professional school in physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, and more.

Additional information
for the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

Catalog – see program guides