This program studies how human movement improves overall physical health and fitness. Subject
areas include: biomechanics, physiology of exercise, motor control, applied anatomy,
testing and prescription and athletic injury management.
Why applied exercise science at OSU?
Students in this program are actively trained through hands-on learning and practical,
real-world experiences. Our state-of-the-art Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory
provides students with opportunities to perform the clinical and performance-based
tests they learn about in textbooks. Our expert faculty take a personalized approach
in preparing students for a variety of careers within the health and exercise field.
The pre-professional option prepares students for:
Clinical exercise physiology
Strength and conditioning (athletic and tactical performance)
Fitness facility management
PreMedThis degree includes
many of the pre-requisite courses needed for health related graduate programs.
*Certification examinations include: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
(CSCS), Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS), Certified Personal Trainer
(CPT), Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), Certified Exercise Physiologists
(EP-C), Other certifications
This option allows students to complete prerequisite courses needed for graduate school.
Graduates may go onto be doctors, occupational therapists, physical therapists or
Strength and Conditioning Option
This option prepares students for various professional certification examinations,
such as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Special Population
Specialist (CSPS), Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), Physical Therapist (CPT),
Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), Certified Exercise Physiologists (EP-C)
Students have access to this research facility and the opportunity to perform high-quality
research that is both innovative and impactful. The lab uses state-of-the-art technology
to investigate physiological changes with aging, training, fatigue, disease and more.
Research areas include motor control, proprioception, sensory-motor integration, muscle
hypertrophy and atrophy, exercise prescription and training methodologies, athletic
or military performance, brain behavior and plasticity, muscle quality, nutrition
and dietary supplementation.
Master of Athletic Training: Finish in Five
Students can now complete a master's degree in athletic training in conjunction with
the applied exercise science undergraduate degree program. This three plus two program
allows students to complete their master's degree in five years. Students can apply
to the Center of Health Sciences Master of Athletic Training program once they have
completed a total of 94 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in the applied exercise