Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

Major: EXP
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GE
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/ms-ep

Program Information

General program information: Students who complete the Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology are prepared to pursue a number of career options. Graduates from our program have continued their education by completing the Ph.D. degree in fields such as exercise physiology, physiology, biochemistry, and the M.D. Many students have pursued careers in allied health fields such as nursing and physical therapy as well as in such fields as aviation physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, and ergonomics. Because many of our students seek to work in the fields of cardiac rehabilitation and corporate wellness, the curriculum is structured to satisfy the preliminary requirements for certification as “exercise technologist” or “exercise specialist” as set by the American College of Sports Medicine. The curriculum provides students the necessary knowledge base and course work to satisfy entrance into the certification process (which is under control of the American College of Sports Medicine and requires both a written and practical exam).

Program admission procedure: In order to be admitted unconditionally a student must have earned a grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4-point scale in their undergraduate program. A variety of undergraduate majors are acceptable, including exercise science, biology, chemistry, physiology, nursing, etc. In addition, the student must complete the application procedure as required by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Students are expected to score a minimum of 293 (Verbal and Quantitative sections combined) and 4.0 on the Analytical section of the Graduate Record Exam. Students with a grade point standing below 2.75 may be admitted conditionally. Only under unusual circumstances will students with less than a 2.5 grade-point average be admitted to the program. Individuals who do not meet the 293 requirement on the GRE may still be admitted. Admission in such cases will be based on prior course work (including GPA in science classes), experience, three (3) letters of recommendation a resume, and a personal statement explaining interest in the program and long term objectives.

Curriculum

Thesis Option (with prior Organic Chemistry)

The M.S. thesis option requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of course work, which includes six (6) credits devoted to completion of the thesis. Students in this option are required to actively participate in all phases of research within the laboratory. The thesis program requires two full years of study including the summer between the first and second years. To complete the M.S. in Exercise Physiology, a minimum of 23 credit hours must be at the 600 level or above

Admission Requirements:  Organic Chemistry with lab (4 credit hours)

First Year:Credit Hours
Fall
EXP 501 Applied Exercise Physiology3
EXP 601 Lab Methods in Exercise Physiology3
Spring
EXP 502 Principles of Exercise Testing & Prescription3
EXP 600 Physiology of Exercise3
HSS 604 Research Methods in HSS3
Summer
EXP 603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
EXP 699 Thesis6
Pre-PHD Concentration (18 credit hours)Credit Hours
PHZB 605 Systemic Physiology I5
PHZB 606 Systemic Physiology II5
BIOCH 645 Advanced Biochemistry I4
BIOCH 647 Advanced Biochemistry II4
Minimum Total Credit Hours42

Non-Thesis Clinical Option

The M.S. non-thesis option emphasizes the use of exercise as a clinical intervention. This option is heavily slanted toward improved cardiovascular health and cardiovascular rehabilitation through the use of exercise. Students in this option must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of course work. The non-thesis program requires two full years of study including the summer between the first and second years.

Core (24 credit hours)Credit Hours
EXP 501 Applied Exercise Physiology3
EXP 601 Lab Methods in Exercise Physiology3
EXP 605 Human Physiology3
EXP 502 Principles of Exercise Testing & Prescription3
EXP 600 Physiology of Exercise3
EXP 604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology3
HSS 604 Research Methods in HSS3
EXP 603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
Clinical Concentration (12 credit hours)Credit Hours
EXP 503 Clinical Exercise Physiology3
EXP 611 Principles of Electrocardiography3
EXP 620 Exercise Physiology Clinical Internship6
Minimum Total Credit Hours36

Thesis Option - Concentration in Strength and Conditioning

This option is suspended as of Spring 2016.  No applications are being taken.

Core (24 credit hours)
HSS  604 Research Methods in HSS
3
EXP  501 Applied Exercise Physiology3
EXP  502 Principles of Exercise Testing & Prescription3
EXP  600 Physiology of Exercise3
EXP  601 Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology3
EXP  603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
EXP  604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology3
EXP  605 Human Physiology3
Strength and Conditioning Concentration Thesis option (10-15 credit hours)Credit Hours
HSS 530 Nutrition and Athletic Performance3
EXP 607 Neuromuscular Mechanics of Human Movement3
EXP 608 Advanced Strength and Conditioning3
EXP 699 Thesis1-6
Minimum Total Credit Hours36-39

Non-thesis Option - Concentration in Strength and Conditioning

Core (24 credit hours)
HSS  604 Research Methods in HSS
3
EXP  501 Applied Exercise Physiology3
EXP  502 Principles of Exercise Testing & Prescription3
EXP  600 Physiology of Exercise3
EXP  601 Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology3
EXP  603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
EXP  605 Human Physiology3
Strength and Conditioning Concentration Non thesis option (12-15 credit hours)Credit Hours
HSS 530 Nutrition and Athletic Performance3
EXP 607 Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology3
EXP 608 Strength and Conditioning I3
EXP 609 Strength and Conditioning II3
EXP 620 Exercise Physiology Clinical Internship3-6
Minimum Total Credit Hours36-39

Faculty

Adrienne Bratcher
Assistant Professor

M.S. Program Coordinator

Kathy Carter

Assistant Professor

John Caruso

Professor

Daniela Terson de Paleville

Assistant Professor

Jessica Gibb

Instructor

Tiffany Isaac

Instructor

Michael Jett

Instructor

Ann Swank
Professor

Exercise Physiology Program Director

Brock Symons

Assistant Professor