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Exercise Science (Physical Education, B.S.)

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in preventive and rehabilitative exercise and wellness programs in settings such as hospitals, wellness and rehabilitation centers, sports medicine clinics, government agencies, health and fitness centers, and corporate industry. Academic preparation focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise related to asymptomatic and symptomatic populations. The program also serves to prepare students for graduate studies in exercise science, physical therapy, and other allied health fields.

Exercise Science (Physical Education, B.S.)


Description


What is Exercise Science at ODU like?

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in preventive and rehabilitative exercise and wellness programs in settings such as hospitals, wellness and rehabilitation centers, sports medicine clinics, government agencies, health and fitness centers, and corporate industry. Academic preparation focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise related to asymptomatic and symptomatic populations. The program also serves to prepare students for graduate studies in exercise science, physical therapy, and other allied health fields.

Program Highlights


What makes Exercise Science at ODU unique?

  • Faculty: expert teacher-researchers who take pride in both endeavors

  • Laboratories: high-quality facilities with state-of-the-art research equipment

  • Internship: available in areas related to the program (Preventive/Rehabilitative Track)

  • Research: students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and to present their own research at regional and national professional associations

  • Academics: in addition to Exercise Science course requirements students will choose from one of two tracks- Scientific Foundations of Exercise and Preventive/Rehabilitative Exercise

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility. May require a Master’s Degree.

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Train athletes to enhance strength, cardio-respiratory fitness, speed, power, and body composition with the goal of improving athletic performance and also maintaining or improving health. May require a Master’s Degree.

Wellness Coordinator

Work in a variety of settings to promote healthy work environments and improve the lives of others through exercise and nutrition. They are often employed in health care settings and by colleges and universities to promote healthy living and meet a variety of employee health needs.

 

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Sentara Healthcare System, Chesapeake General, Harbor’s Edge, Jim White Fitness, City of Chesapeake  

Courses


What are some courses offered in Exercise Science at ODU?

EXSC 326:
Exercise Physiology I


An investigation into the metabolic adaptations, neuromuscular, endocrinological, and respiratory responses to acute and chronic exercise endeavors. Implications for enhanced health and physical performance are integrated. Prerequisites: BIOL 240 or BIOL 250, BIOL 241 or BIOL 251, CHEM 121N and CHEM 122N with a C or better; MATH 102M or higher with a C or better.

EXSC 415:
Exercise Testing for Normal and Special Populations


The application of different methodologies in the measurement of physiologic responses to exercise. Emphasis is placed on understanding American College of Sports Medicine guidelines, appropriate experimental techniques, and equipment necessary to evaluate changes in body composition and various metabolic, cardiovascular, and respiratory adjustments during exercise. Prerequisites: BIOL 240 or BIOL 250 AND MATH 102M or higher with a C or better; EXSC 326.

EXSC 417:
Biomechanics


Application of physical laws and mechanical principles to the human musculoskeletal system. Prerequisites: BIOL 240 or BIOL 250 and MATH 102M or higher with a C or better; PHYS 111N with a C- or better; EXSC 322.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Exercise Science at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


Students have the opportunity to apply for the Melvin H. Williams Endowed Scholarship during their Junior Year

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

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Master Lecturer


Name:

Laura Hill


Location:

2022 STUDENT RECREATION CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4624


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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