The Exercise Science emphasis is designed for students interested in advanced and specialized study in the biophysical aspects of exercise. Through exposure to scientific literature and current research, the program of study focuses on student development in promoting strong scientific inquiry and understanding practical applications of theory. The program produces graduates with the ability to communicate clinical findings to the academic and lay communities and to display critical thinking skills and expertise necessary to plan and conduct independent and creative research. As a capstone experience, each student completes a research thesis or participates in a supervised internship. Graduates possess the necessary knowledge and skill to pursue advanced education in exercise science or a related discipline, apply for ACSM, ASEP, or NSCA certification, as well as to gain employment within the health promotion and human performance industries.