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The primary mission of the Exercise Science program is to offer high quality programs leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees. WKU’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport has developed rigorous professional education programs of study. The Exercise Science Program provides students with classroom and laboratory experiences concentrating on the science of human performance. Practicum and internship opportunities permit students to gain experience and develop skills in various applied settings such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, fitness clubs, and university research. Exercise Science also offers excellent participation for students who wish to pursue graduate level education in this dynamic field.
The exercise science program consists of 120 hours, 55 of which are from required courses in the major and 46 of which are from the University’s general education requirement. Areas of study include human nutrition, exercise physiology, applied exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, clinical exercise physiology, basic athletic training, strength & conditioning, measurement & evaluation, and exercise testing & prescription. Practicum and internship experiences are also requirements for this degree.
In 2008, 41 students and guests traveled to China for a study abroad project centered around Chinese history and culture as well as the Beijing Olympics.