Bachelor of Science in APK

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology has the following two undergraduate specializations:


Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology specialization prepares students interested in pursuing graduate study in exercise science or careers, graduate study or professional programs in the health-related fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, medicine, physician’s assistant, nursing, etc. The curriculum provides a strong basic science background and requires additional coursework in the biological aspects of exercise. For intern hours in this specialization, students are expected to complete an experience in an allied health, rehabilitative or biomedical research setting related to exercise and/or sport.

Exercise Physiology is the study of how the body functions in response to acute and chronic exercise. Students are taught the physiological bases of exercise in disease prevention, the role of exercise in rehabilitation from injury and disease, and the utilization of exercise prescription for health and diseased populations. The APK Exercise Physiology specialization includes all four core sciences disciplines – biology, chemistry, physics and exercise science – as well as options to continue in the advanced level science series.

Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology, graduates are prepared for graduate school in exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology or human performance, as well as graduate study or professional programs in health-related fields, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, medicine, physician’s assistant, nursing, etc. Graduates from the APK Exercise Physiology specialization are also prepared for employment as exercise or cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists or technicians in hospital, corporate, private or state agencies.

Fitness/Wellness

The Fitness/Wellness specialization prepares students to function as an exercise technician, exercise specialist, or wellness practitioner in hospital, corporate, private, or governmental agencies in addition to careers in fitness programming. The curriculum emphasizes biological aspects of exercise and practical aspects of fitness and wellness. For intern hours in this specialization, students are expected to complete an experience in an allied health, rehabilitative, or fitness programming setting related to exercise and/or sport.

The Fitness/Wellness curriculum emphasizes the short and long term effects of exercise in both health and disease. This field is the basis for understanding the physiological bases of exercise in disease prevention and the role of exercise in rehabilitation from disease. Students are taught the concepts of strength and conditioning for populations from exercise participant through elite athlete, as well as exercise prescription for healthy and diseased populations.

Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Fitness/Wellness, graduates are prepared for employment in corporate, private, hospital-based or state agency wellness, exercise or rehabilitation facilities, or fitness programming organizations. In addition, graduates in the APK Fitness/Wellness specialization are prepared for graduate school in exercise physiology and human performance.

 

Degree Requirements

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Academic Learning Compact

Click here for the 2012-2013 Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Learning Compact