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Bachelor of Science
Exercise Physiology (B.S.)
Develop an understanding of how the body reacts to physical stress and movement.
Other students watch as an Exercise Science student walks on a treadmill.
Move Toward Your Potential
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. Physical activity and exercise’s impact 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."

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Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Exercise Physiology 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.
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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