Exercise Science

exc sci labExercise science is the primary field of study that provides an understanding of both the acute and chronic effects of physical activity.  It is the scientific knowledge base for physical education programs and physical activity and health interventions. This area emphasizes physiological, biomechanical, and psychological aspects of human function in response to exercise and physical activity. The primary goal of this program is to prepare students for graduate study in the exercise science sub-disciplines (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Motor Behavior) and entry into professional programs such as medicine, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.  

The School of Kinesiology accepts 30 students in the Fall & 30 students in the Spring into the undergraduate Exercise Science program. Applications are accepted between the 1st and 15th class day of the previous Spring term for Fall admission and between the 1st and 15th day of the previous Fall term for Spring admission. Incomplete or late applications or applications from students who have not completed all criteria at the time of submission will not be considered. Applicants meeting all minimum criteria are not guaranteed admission into the program. Minimum criteria for admission are listed on the application. Please contact an Academic Advisor in the Department of Kinesiology for any questions about the application process.

Program checklist for students beginning
Pre-Exercise Science/Exercise Science
prior to Fall 2011 click here.

Program checklist for students beginning
Pre-Exercise Science/Exercise Science
Fall 2011 or after click here.

Application for Admission into Exercise Science and Minimum Admission Criteria 

The capstone experience in the undergraduate program is the Senior Paper


At the master's level the primary goal is to prepare students for further graduate study in the exercise science sub-disciplines and entry into professional programs such as medicine, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Specific objectives are to provide students with: 1) training in basic research methods and statistical techniques, 2) advanced study in each of the exercise science sub-disciplines (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology and Motor Behavior), and 3) specialization in one of the sub-disciplines.

  • Full details of the exercise science program, click here.

The mission of the doctoral program in Exercise Science is to prepare scholars for careers in exercise science research and college teaching at all levels. Specific objectives are for the students to acquire: 1) advanced research methods, laboratory techniques, and statistical techniques, 2) advanced expertise in the appropriate exercise science sub-disciplines, and 3) the ability to establish, interpret, disseminate and apply knowledge in exercise science. Students are supervised by advisors in extensive study and laboratory work which culminates with a dissertation which demonstrates original, creative research.

  • The program of study for the doctoral degree is developed in consultation with the major professor and a committee.

Exercise Science Option in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training (Non-certification)

The graduate option in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training provides clinical and research opportunities, and advanced course work for the Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).  Master's degrees in Education (MEd) and Science (MS) may be earned, depending on the student's plan of study (thesis optional). Clinical assistantships are available via Auburn University athletics, as well as high schools and clinics in the surrounding area.  All incoming students must be certified (NATABOC), or eligible to sit for the national certification exam. Interested individuals should contact Dr. JoEllen Sefton for more information.    

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Last Updated: Sep 09, 2013

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