Exercise Physiology is the scientific study of how the various physiological systems of the humans and animals respond to physical activity. It is a multidisciplinary field with strong ties to the basic life sciences, medicine and application to clinical, normal and athletic populations.
The MS degree requires completion of a research project and a written thesis. This program is designed for students pursuing a career in research and/or a doctoral degree.
The mission of this program is to train individuals for careers in scientifically based exercise programs for research, health maintenance, cardiac risk identification, and rehabilitation. A strong emphasis is placed on laboratory skills and the design and implementation of various fitness and rehabilitation programs.
Primary coursework and training will include the study of cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic responses to exercise and athletic training. Graduate coursework within the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology covering these areas include both lecture and laboratories. Additional courses involve the application of basic exercise physiology principles to clinical, field and wellness settings, evaluation of physical fitness and the prescription of physical exercise.
Credit Hours Required Courses
Credit Hours Concentration Courses
Credit Hours Thesis Course (6 credit minimum)
Credit Hours Elective Courses
NOTE: 1000-4000 level courses within the department and 1000-2000 level courses outside the department are not eligible to count toward the graduate degree requirements.
Prior to graduating, each student must successfully complete his/her thesis and present the work in written form meeting the guidelines approved by the University of Florida Graduate School. The student also must orally present and defend their work before their thesis committee in an open forum.
NOTE: These courses do not count toward your graduate degree program.