Is being physically healthy and fit a priority for you and those that are important to you? Do you want to develop a deeper understanding of the scientific principles surrounding physical activity and its impact on health and performance at all stages of development?

The exercise physiology (EP) program prepares students for competitive graduate school programs. Graduates have gone on to allied health/patient care programs in medicine, physical therapy, physician's assistance, occupational therapy, nursing, dentistry, optometry, and podiatry. Additionally, many of our graduates pursue post baccalaureate training at the master's and doctoral level in exercise physiology, biomechanics, physiology, biochemistry, and other research-related programs. The combination of course work (science and exercise physiology) provides students with unique insight into utilizing exercise as a treatment modality for health enhancement.

Lecture, labs, and practical experiences separate the EP degree from other programs. The uniqueness of the EP degree is the many "hands on" opportunities available to students. Students are afforded the opportunity to work in a variety of research settings ranging from bench science to applied research. A semester-long internship provides students with a "job-like" experience that many times helps direct the student's career focus.

ECU Advantage

The EP degree is closely tied to the East Carolina University's Human Performance and Biomechanics Laboratories. These laboratories are nationally and internationally recognized for cutting edge science in a variety of areas. The research scientists associated with these labs have received funding from a variety of prestigious organizations.

Undergraduate students working with research faculty have been nationally recognized for their participation on research projects. Many have presented research at regional and national meetings. The EP program encourages the development of students beyond the classroom. The course diversity, and the research opportunities afforded to majors, makes the Department of Kinesiology's BS in exercise physiology program a truly unique program with a mission of training the next generation of exercise scientists.

What You Will Study

Program Co-Coordinator: Kandy Houmard (109 Fitness, Instruction, Testing and Training Facility (FITT); 252-737-1291; houmardk@ecu.edu) Program Co-Coordinator: Mike McCammon (105 Fitness, Instruction, Testing and Training Facility (FITT); 252-737-1293; mccammonm@ecu.edu)

The program provides competencies and knowledge in the field of exercise physiology. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue further academic training in exercise physiology, physical therapy, medicine, and other allied health careers. A minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA and 32 s.h. general education are required for admission. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in BIOL 1150, BIOL 1151; CHEM 1150, CHEM 1151; ENGL 1100, ENGL 1200; MATH 1065. Majors must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in BIOL 2140, BIOL 2141, BIOL 2150, BIOL 2151; CHEM 1160, CHEM 1161.

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • CHEM 1150 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1151 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • PHYS 1250 - General Physics I
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
2. Core - 43 s.h.
  • KINE 2000 - Introductory Exercise and Sport Science
  • KINE 2850 - Structural Kinesiology
  • KINE 3805 - Physiology of Exercise
  • KINE 3806 - Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
  • KINE 3850 - Introduction to Biomechanics
  • KINE 4020 - Exercise Adherence
  • KINE 4805 - Exercise Evaluation and Prescription Laboratory
  • KINE 4806 - Exercise Evaluation and Prescription
  • KINE 4809 - Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
  • KINE 4990 - Pre-internship Seminar for Exercise Physiology
  • KINE 4991 - Independent Research in Exercise Physiology
  • KINE 4992 - Research Internship in Exercise Physiology
  • * Choose 6 s.h approved electives.
3. Cognates - 39 s.h.
  • BIOL 1150 - Principles of Biology: A Human Approach
  • BIOL 1151 - Principles of Biology: A Human Approach Discussion
  • BIOL 2140 - Human Physiology and Anatomy I
  • BIOL 2150 - Human Physiology and Anatomy II
  • BIOL 2141 - Human Physiology and Anatomy I Laboratory
  • BIOL 2151 - Human Physiology and Anatomy II Laboratory
  • BIOL 3310 - Cellular Physiology
  • BIOL 3311 - Cellular Physiology Laboratory

  • BIOS 1500 - Introduction to Biostatistics or
  • MATH 2228 - Elementary Statistical Methods I or
  • MATH 2283 - Statistics for Business

  • CHEM 1160 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1161 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 2750 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2753 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 2760 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2763 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

  • NUTR 1000 - Contemporary Nutrition or
  • NUTR 2105 - Nutrition Science

  • PHYS 1260 - General Physics II
  • PHYS 1251 - General Physics Laboratory I
  • PHYS 1261 - General Physics Laboratory II
4. General electives to complete requirements for graduation.
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Exercise Physiology
    • Scientific and Technical Services
    • Exercise Physiology

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.