exercise physiology (bse)

professor teaching classthe exercise physiology program at the university of dayton incorporates a strong science curriculum to prepare you to become an expert of health and the human body. this bachelor's degree program is your jumping off point into graduate studies in the professional and basic health sciences.

you’ll gain a strong base in the natural sciences before developing your understanding of the human body through nutrition, anatomy and physiology courses. electives allow you to develop your own interest area and tailor the program towards your target graduate studies.

we aim to develop students who are capable of being leaders in their field and who embody the marianist spirit of education, including:

  • educating the whole person through a learning community of challenge and support.
  • connecting learning to leadership and service.
  • collaborating for adaptation and change.

note: exercise physiology is one of the most competitive majors at the university of dayton. the minimum act composite for incoming first-year students is 27. the minimum gpa for transfer students is 3.2, which must include adequate preparation in the sciences.

program highlights

  • comprehensive & flexible curriculum that covers pre-requisite courses for multiple professional programs.
  • one-on-one faculty advisement for scheduling and professional growth.
  • first-year seminar course to introduce professions and the process for obtaining experience.
  • departmental support for, and promotion of, service opportunities on and off-campus.
  • encouragement for scholarship in working with faculty and a capstone course requirement that includes a research project.

program goals

we aim for students to achieve in the following areas:

  • academic success: coursework and standardized tests (e.g. gre, mcat, etc).
  • professional experience: shadowing and observation.
  • community service: on- and off-campus.
  • personal development and growth.

what can i do with this degree?

after receiving their bachelor's degree, our students can be found in a variety of graduate programs including:

  • exercise physiology (master’s and doctoral)
  • kinesiology (master’s and doctoral)
  • medicine (doctoral)
  • nursing (master’s)
  • pharmacy (doctoral)
  • physician assistant (master’s)
  • physical therapy (doctoral)

did you know? the university of dayton offers a master of physician assistant practice program and a doctorate of physical therapy program.

a smaller number of our students enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, often in conjunction with additional certifications and training. these students can typically be found working in:

  • pharmaceutical sales
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • strength and conditioning

department of health and sport science

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300 college park
dayton, ohio 45469 - 2968