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What is applied exercise science?

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.

Career paths


The pre-professional option prepares students for:

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 



Pre-Professional Option

This option allows students to complete prerequisite courses needed for graduate school. Graduates may go onto be doctors, occupational therapists, physical therapists or athletic trainers.

Students performing physical therapy on peer

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) and others.


OSU Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory

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 science program.

Students learning in a real world environment


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