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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [Archived Catalog]

Exercise Physiology Major (B.S.P.Ex.)

Major code BS8122

College of Health Sciences and Professions 
Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, School of 
Grover Center E317
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.566.0470
Fax: 740.593.0285

Sharon Rana, contact person, rana@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The exercise physiology program at Ohio University prepares students for the application of exercise physiology in health/fitness, clinical diagnostics, rehabilitation, and performance settings. This program also prepares students to advance to higher degrees in exercise physiology and other health-related disciplines. Students often pursue certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association to enhance employment opportunities. The program curriculum meets most admission requirements for the physical therapy program and is an integral part of the athletic training curriculum.

This degree includes a solid background in basic sciences to allow the student to develop an understanding of how the body responds and adapts to exercise stimuli. Students also develop the applied skills to evaluate physical fitness and to design and administer appropriate exercise prescriptions.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students interested in the exercise physiology program will select premajor code ND8839 (pre-exercise physiology) to gain entry into this major (BS8122). Eligibility for the exercise physiology program is contingent upon satisfactory performance in the required pre-exercise physiology major courses (grade of C (2.0) or higher in each), and an overall cumulative GPA of C (2.0) or higher. This is expected to occur at the end of the sophomore year.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A degree in exercise physiology will prepare students for three different professional directions: pre-professional program preparation, exercise physiology research and exercise physiology applications.

Pre-professional Preparation

Many exercise physiology students use their degree in exercise physiology as a preparation for application to a graduate level professional program, such as: physical therapy, physician’s assistant, chiropractic school, occupational therapy, or medical school. The basic science background of this program helps to prepare students for application to these professional programs.

Exercise Physiology Research

Some students are interested in pursuing a career in a research environment, such as academia. The research direction of exercise physiology requires an even greater emphasis on the basic sciences with more classes in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology. This can be accomplished by supplementing their degree with these courses.

Exercise Physiology Applications

Many exercise physiology students desire to use their knowledge to work with individuals or groups to promote physical fitness, health and/or performance. These individuals or groups include: health/fitness, clinical/rehabilitation, and athletic performance. The program prepares students to work in all three of these areas.


Major Hours Requirement

The exercise physiology major requires a minimum of 120 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Health Sciences and Professions

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Health Sciences and Professions .

Pre-exercise Physiology Major Requirements

Students enter the exercise physiology major through the pre-exercise physiology major. Students must complete the courses listed in major requisite courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course to be admitted into the major. Completion of the exercise physiology major also requires the completion of courses in exercise physiology core requirements.

Mathematics Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:

Chemistry Requirement

In order to apply to the exercise physiology major you must complete one of the following chemistry options a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course.

Chemistry Option 1

Complete the following courses:

Chemistry Option 2

Complete the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Related Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Skill Development

Complete the following course:


Complete one of the following courses:

Sports Skills and Lifetime Activities

Complete any PED course not listed under the Aquatics category above.