Apply research and theory-based fundamentals to study human movement as it relates
to physical, psychological and social health for diverse populations. Subject areas
include biomechanics, anatomy, exercise physiology, physics, motor control, exercise
prescription and testing, athletic injury management, nutrition, sports psychology
and strength training and conditioning.
Why applied exercise science at OSU?
Choose from three major options to fit your career goals: pre-professional, sport and coaching science or strength and conditioning. Our students are actively trained through hands-on learning and practical, real-world
internship experiences that provide an exceptional foundation and pathway to becoming
exercise physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches, physical or occupational
therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors, physicians, physician assistants, dentists
and a variety of other allied health professionals.
Depending on the major option you choose, you will be prepared for entry-level health,
exercise and athletic careers or further study in:
Clinical exercise physiology
Strength and conditioning (athletic and tactical performance)
Medical or dental field
Physical or occupational therapy
200HOURS OF EXPERIENCE
gained through supervised internships
Complete prerequisite courses needed for graduate or professional school and sports
medicine related professions. Graduates may go on to be physicians, physician assistants,
occupational or physical therapists, chiropractors or athletic trainers.
Strength and Conditioning Option
This option prepares you for entry-level health, exercise and athletic fields, such
as clinical exercise physiology, personal training, coaching, fitness facility management,
corporate wellness and tactical strength and conditioning (i.e. physical training
for first responders and military personnel). You can also complete many of the prerequisites
courses needed for professional school to become a physical or occupational therapist,
athletic trainer and more.
This option prepares you to work in a variety of settings, including professional,
collegiate or secondary school sport organizations; elite training facilities; athletic
league ofﬁciating; sports psychology; and sports management. The curriculum prepares
graduates for sports and exercise-related certifications and for domestic and international
graduate programs in coaching science and sport education.
Curriculum for all major options provides preparation for career-launching professional
certification exams, including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS), Certified Exercise Physiologists (EP-C) and others.
You have the opportunity to perform clinical- and performance-based tests in the classroom
as well as in our state-of-the-art labs and facilities. Faculty and students use advanced
technology to investigate the neural and muscular changes associated with aging, exercise
training, nutritional supplementation, fatigue, disease and much more.