About this Program
The Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences major at UMD engages in the study of human movement, broadly encompassing the biomechanical, physiological, and psychological adaptations that occur as a result of physical activity and regular exercise.
The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences begins with an introduction to the discipline of Exercise Science and foundational science coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Additional lower division courses include anatomy and physiology, and technique courses in the assessment of aerobic fitness and resistance training exercises. Upper division coursework begins with the core exercise science areas of Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Motor Learning & Control. Additional applied coursework provides further exploration into areas of study such as:
- Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Exercise Adherence
- Exercise Testing & Prescription
- Nutrition & Metabolism
- Strength Training & Conditioning
- Statistics & Research Methods
- Coursework required in both foundational and applied sciences.
- Prepares students for further study in many allied health professions: physical therapy, physician assistant, medicine, athletic training, and more.
- Typical class size for upper- division courses is 30 students.
- Labs in most required courses in the major use the latest equipment and are taught by faculty.
- Study of all aspects of human movement including motor skill development and acquisition; biomechanics; movement efficiency; physiological responses and adaptations of organ systems; anatomical development; and psycho- sociological influences.
The Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences major at the University of Minnesota Duluth is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). The National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP) has recognized UMD's Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences major as an approved strength and conditioning undergraduate curricula designed to prepare students for the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer and/or NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certifications.
Students participate in hands-on learning through valuable capstone experiences, including serving as personal trainers for an adult fitness program and conducting independent research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. Presenting these projects at local, state, and national professional meetings, provides students with an unparalleled opportunity for personal growth and professional development.
The Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences curriculum is designed to provide foundational knowledge to prepare students for the next phase of their education or future employment, such as:
- Allied Health careers (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Athletic Training)
- Medical careers (Doctor of Medicine (MD), Nursing, Physician Assistant)
- Graduate study in Exercise Science
- Entry level employment in health & fitness
- Certification or licensure examinations
Admissions and Scholarships
Students in CEHSP are eligible to apply for more than 100 scholarships each academic year typically totaling $120,000 annually. For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the CEHSP scholarship webpage.
- Actively conduct, present, and publish research
- Offer numerous opportunities for students to participate in research
- Faculty have won campus & college awards for outstanding teaching, research, advising, and service
- The professors for Exercise Science courses hold advanced degrees in the specific areas covered in the exercise science courses that they teach
- Active members of the American College of Sports Medicine