MS in Kinesiology

Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is focused on the genetic, biochemical, and clinical evaluation of physiological alterations to exercise training and detraining in both human and animal models. This focus is centered on modifications in the muscular, cardio respiratory, and immune systems from an aging, disease, or peak performance perspective. The Exercise Physiology Non-Thesis and Thesis M.S. degrees provide a broad theory-based program with an emphasis on the physiological responses to acute exercise and the adaptations that occur with training that will prepare students for careers in exercise physiology industry, the military, and research institutes. 

Admission requirements

Recommended Prerequisites (Undergraduate courses that must have a grade of B or better)

  • Human Anatomy
  • Basic Physiology
  • Biomechanics (Kinesiology)
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Tests and Measurements

Course requirements

Non-Thesis Option 1

Human Performance Clinical Exercise Physiology
Focus: The optimization of physical performance and fitness 

 

Required Courses 21 Credit Hours
 Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)  
Kin 7900 Research Methods 3
KIN 7530 Exercise Physiology 3
Specialization Courses (9 Credit hours, select 3 of the following)  
KIN 7536 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Exercise 3
KIN 7537 Exercise and Environment 3
KIN 7550 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 7505 Sport Nutrition 3
Practical Requirement  (6 hours)  
KIN 8900 Independent Research**  OR 6
KIN 7538 Practicum in Cardiac Rehabilitation** 6
Recommended Electives 15 Credit Hours
Any KIN course listed as an option to meet the requirements for the MS Degree with a specialization in Exercise Physiology can be used as an elective  if the basic requirements for the degree have been met with other courses. A list of additional courses that are approved as electives is provided below.  
Total Requirement:  including 6 Hours of Research or Practical Experience (Independent Study or Practicum) 36 Hours

     

 

Non-Thesis Option 2

Clinical Exercise Physiology
Focus: The design and implementation of exercise programs for patients with chronic disease and disability

 

Required Courses 27 Credit Hours
 Core Requirements (12 Credit Hours)  
KIN 7530 Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 7533 Exercise Testing in Health and Disease 3
KIN 7534 Exercise in Health and Disease 3
Kin 7900 Research Methods 3
Specialization Courses (9 Credit hours, select 3 of the following)  
KIN 7535 Neuromuscular Aspects of  Exercise 3
KIN 7537 Exercise and Environment 3
KIN 7550 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 7505 Sport Nutrition 3
Practical Requirement  (6 hours)  
KIN 8900 Independent Research**  OR 6
KIN 7538 Practicum in Cardiac Rehabilitation** 6
Recommended Electives 9 Credit Hours
Any KIN course listed as an option to meet the requirements for the MS Degree with a specialization in Exercise Physiology can be used as an elective  if the basic requirements for the degree have been met with other courses. A list of additional courses that are approved as electives is provided below.  
Total Requirement:  including 6 Hours of Research or Practical Experience (Independent Study or Practicum) 36 Hours

  

Thesis Option

Focus: Research Experience in Exercise Science

 

Required Courses 24 Credit Hours
 Core Requirements (15 Credit Hours)  
KIN  7501 Advanced Research Methods 3
KIN 7530 Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 7900 Research Methods 3
KIN 8000 Thesis 6
Specialization Courses (9 Credit hours, select 3 of the following)  
KIN 7535 Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise 3
KIN 7536 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Exercise 3
KIN 7537 Exercise and Environment 3
KIN 7550 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 7539 Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology 3
Recommended Electives 6 Credit Hours
Any KIN course listed as an option to meet the requirements for the MS Degree within a specialization in Exercise Physiology can be used as an elective  if the basic requirements for the degree have been met with other courses. A list of additional courses that are approved as electives is provided below.  
Total Requirement (Minimum of 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis) 30 Hours

 

 

Recommended Electives 6 Credit Hours
ELRC 4600 Counseling for Disabling Conditions 3
KIN 4501 Functional Rehabilitation 3
KIN 4509 Sports Supplements 3
KIN 4519 Cadaver Dissection 3
KIN 4525 Human Anatomy and Functional Impairment 3
KIN 4526 The Physiology of Endurance Training 3
KIN 4605 Habitual and Addictive Drugs 3
KIN 7503 Dimensions of Aging 3
KIN 4605 Habitual and Addictive Drugs 3
KIN 7508 Analysis of Human Movement 3
KIN 7510 Motor Learning 3
KIN 7515 Theories of Achievement Motivation in Physical Act 3
KIN 7528 Sport Psychology 3
KIN 7601 Changing Health Behavior 3
KIN 7999 Seminar in Selected Topics 1-3 

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Phone: 225-578-3114

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Program Area Faculty

Arnold Nelson

Neil Johannsen

Dennis Landin

BRIAN IRVING

GUILLAUME SPIELMANN