Develop an understanding for how the body reacts to physical stress and movement.

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The Exercise Physiology major focuses on the scientific study of how the body functions during physical activity, exercise, and human movement. It includes instruction in muscular and skeletal anatomy, fuel utilization, the cellular basis of muscle contraction, the neuromuscular physiology of specific activities and exercise, the neuromechanics of human movement, the physiology of injury, the effects of disabilities and disease, and rehabilitative methods to regain normal movement patterns. The impact that physical activity and exercise have on an individual’s capacity to do work, improve physical performance, and enhance overall health by decreasing disease likelihood makes studying this major rewarding.

Getting my degree in exercise physiology at BYU-Idaho springboarded my progress into becoming a clinician and business owner. Not only did the classes help give me a head start in grad school, they also let me see that learning was more than a grade. It was the best choice I made for my profession.

Dr. Tyler B.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Healthcare Administration have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Physical Therapist

Help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain

Athletic Trainer

Specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injury and illness

Exercise Physiologists

Develop fitness and exercise programs that help injured or sick patients recover

Fitness Trainer or Instructor

Lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities

Sports Goods Manufacturer Representative

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 39 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Healthcare Administration is right for you, take the following classes first:

  • ESS 111— Exercise Science Orientation
  • NUTR 150— Essentials of Human Nutrition


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