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Nutrition Exercise and Health Sciences

Master of Science: Exercise Science

Graduate Program Director

Leonardo J. D’Acquisto, Ed.D.


Graduate Faculty in Exercise Science

Dr. Tim Burnham, Ph.D. Oregon State University

Exercise and education programs for cancer survivors
Clinical physiology
Cross-country skiing physiology

Dr. Leo D’Acquisto, Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado

Effects of aging on athletic performance
Physiology and mechanics of swimming and running
Limits of human performance

Dr. Vince Nethery, Ph.D. University of Oregon

Environmental Physiology
Nutrition, hydration and human performance
Age related decrements in athletic performance
Delayed onset muscular soreness

Dr. Karen Roemer, Ph.D., Chemnitz University of Technology

Gait stability and variability in human walking
Pediatric obesity and impact on lower extremity biomechanics
Biomechanics of select aspects of volleyball, walking, running and rowing

Dr. Eric Foch, Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Biomechanics during running in women
Age related differences in motor control strategies to maintain balance

Dr. Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., RD, CSSD, University of Alabama

Nutrition for post exercise recovery
The female athlete triad
Vitamin D status of athletes with a spinal cord injury

Dr. Robert Pritchett, Ph.D., University of Alabama

Perception of effort
Hydration and thermoregulation,
Spinal cord injuries, and sweat responses

Department Information

The graduate programs in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences are designed to provide knowledge and expertise for students intending to pursue higher level graduate study in doctoral or professional programs, seeking a terminal degree for entry-level positions in a variety of private and public settings, as well as for positions at community college and other tertiary levels. Human functioning is the overriding theme of all curricula offerings. The master of science degrees offered by NEHS require completion of a minimum of 45 credits as outlined in an approved course of study filed with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. The course of study is structured in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and is approved by the department graduate program director. The specifics on the course of study depend on the degree program, and include both required and advisor approved elective courses.


Applicants must first meet the general requirements for graduate study as determined by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and then the specific requirements of their selected program within the Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences (see individual programs). Conditional or probationary admission may be granted in certain circumstances.
The master of science degree in Exercise Science prepares students for further study at the doctoral or professional level, careers in higher education, clinical settings, and sport sciences. Prospective candidates holding a degree in a relevant major including exercise science, biology, chemistry, nutrition, or in the health sciences are encouraged to apply. Courses encompassing anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, mechanics, biology, chemistry, statistics and nutrition are strongly recommended at the undergraduate level. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a scientific writing example, per department requirements, are required.

Required Core Courses

  • EXSC 557 - Research Methods and Design in Exercise and Nutritional Science (4)
  • EXSC 560 - Inferential Statistics in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (4)
  • EXSC 700 - Master’s Thesis, Project Study and/or Examination Credits: (6)
  • EXSC 551-Advanced Physiology of Exercise I: Metabolism and Skeletal Muscle (4)
  • EXSC 552 -Advanced Physiology of Exercise II: Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Systems (4)
  • EXSC 553-Laboratory Techniques in Stress Physiology (5)
  • EXSC 564 Gross Human Anatomy (2)

Electives (12 credits minimum from following courses)

  • EXSC 555 Environmental Stress and Human Performance (3)
  • EXSC 556 Ergogenic Aids and Human Performance (3)
  • EXSC 559 Applied Kinesiology (3)
  • EXSC 562 Clinical Exercise Physiology (3)
  • EXSC 595 Graduate Research (6 credits maximum)
  • other electives by advisement

Total Credits: 45

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