Exercise Science

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If you love the study of the human body, enjoy health and fitness pursuits, and/or have a passion for helping others, then the Exercise Science (EXS) program at Murray State University might be a great fit for you!

The field of exercise science is multidisciplinary; and applies the scientific principles of biology, physiology, chemistry, psychology, etc. to understand human movement and provide the basis for evidence-based practice to prevent injury, improve function and performance, and enhance health and fitness. The Exercise Science program at Murray State University is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of the Exercise Sciences.

The curriculum will provide you with a strong foundation for success in graduate coursework in:
  • Athletic Training
  • Chiropractic 
  • Exercise Physiology/Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Medical School
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Practitioner Programs
  • Physician Assistance Studies
  • Physical Therapy
  • And, more

 As an accredited program, the curriculum will also prepare you to immediately sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist exam and immediately pursue a career in the field to include jobs in cardiac rehabilitation, hospital-based health and fitness centers, and strength and conditioning.

Why Exercise Science at Murray State?
  • Is an accredited program that allows you to continue on to a wide variety of graduate programs, or immediately begin a career in the exercise physiology field and related jobs.
  • Provides coursework and labs that focus on experiential learning and the application of practical skills.
  • Lab courses are taught by experienced, full-time faculty.
  • A wide variety of rewarding practicum and internship experiences are offered both on and off campus to meet students’ needs and interests.
  • Faculty provide diverse teaching, research, and real-world experiences, and are committed to working with students to achieve their goals.
  • Offers peer mentoring resources to students.


The Exercise Science program offers two accredited tracks, Exercise Physiology and Pre Health Professional Track.  The curriculum for both tracks includes 51 hours of required core exercise science classes, which includes an internship experience and integrates several common pre-requisites for graduate school, and 27 hours of profession-specific elective courses that can be used to fulfill additional pre-requisites, a minor, or discover new skills or interests.  Additional courses are required to meet the University Studies requirements for a total of 120 credit hours.

The program is excited to offer an accelerated graduate program option for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program.

Exercise Science 4-Year Progression 2021-2022

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