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Top Schools with Exercise Science & Exercise Physiology Programs

Learn about some of the best programs in exercise science and exercise physiology available in the U.S. Read on for information about the schools to offer such programs, their rankings, and degrees offered, as well as their program curricula. View article »

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Exercise science and exercise physiology programs prepare students for careers in fields such as physical or occupational therapy. These programs can be found around the country at many highly-ranked schools and are offered at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

The University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, and the University of Maryland - College Park represent three of the best schools in the nation that offer exercise science and/or exercise physiology undergraduate and graduate programs. These schools offer programs leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the field and have been ranked for their educational excellence by U.S. News & World Report. A degree in exercise science or exercise physiology prepares students for careers in kinesiology health professions, such as physical or occupational therapy, exercise rehabilitation, or sports professions.

University of Texas at Austin

With a student population of over 50,000, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) is one of the largest public universities in the nation. In 2016, UT was tied at 56th in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of top U.S. universities and tied for 18th place among top public schools. Graduate and undergraduate programs in exercise science and physiology are offered by the College of Education. A program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health with an option in exercise science is designed to prepare students for further professional studies in physical and occupation therapy and sports-related fields. Exercise physiology graduate degree programs include a Master of Education, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. A Master of Education in Clinical Exercise Physiology with a required internship is also available.

University of Maryland - College Park

The University of Maryland's flagship campus in College Park was ranked tied as the 60th-best national university in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Public Health offers a bachelor's degree program in kinesiological sciences, which comprises of courses in exercise and aging, fitness assessment, and exercise rehabilitation. The university also offers programs leading to an MA or a PhD in Exercise Physiology. Five current faculty members at the University of Maryland are fellows on the National Academy of Kinesiology.

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Arizona State University in Tempe

Arizona State University was ranked as the most innovative school in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Bachelor's degrees are available in exercise and wellness, as well as health education and health promotion. Coursework in both programs includes nutrition, anatomy, health and behavior, and stress management. Students in these programs at Arizona State University are required to complete an internship.

Top Exercise Science and Physiology Programs

Here are some other top schools that offer exercise science and exercise physiology programs:

School Name Location Distinction
Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana The School of Public Health awards several scholarships for students and also supports student research and publication with research and travel grants-in-aid
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Tied for 50th on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of all national universities
Texas A & M University College Station, TX Has a large department of health and kinesiology with more than 54,000 students enrolled every year
University of Florida Gainesville, FL The Center for Exercise Science allows students to further research several areas, including muscle physiology, sports medicine, and performance psychology.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL Kinesiology students can take part in outreach opportunities such as a summer sports fitness program, a lifetime fitness program, and a fitness program for kids.
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Ranked 4th on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of top public schools
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Students can access more than a dozen research labs and centers, such as the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory.

Top schools across the country offer programs and degrees in exercise science and exercise physiology, with many options for students. Opportunities at these schools include outreach, internships, research centers, and scholarships.

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