Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology

Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology

What is exercise physiology?

Exercise physiology is the study of the body’s response and ability to adapt to physical activity. Exercise physiology, like exercise science, focuses on how physical activity can improve health and wellness.

What’s the difference between exercise physiology and exercise science?

Exercise physiology and exercise science are both fields of study that focus on improving the health and wellness of individuals and athletes. Exercise science is a broader term that encompasses areas such as physical education, strength and training, human performance and sports nutrition, while exercise physiology is primarily focuses on the body’s response to physical activity.

Why Study Exercise Science Online at Concordia University – Chicago?

Concordia University – Chicago has been educating leaders for over 150 years. When you study online you get the same well respected degree as you would attending class in Chicago. The online format is perfect for anyone balancing life, work and their goal of earning a degree. At Concordia University – Chicago you also get:

  • Affordable Tuition Guaranteed to Not Increase
  • Access to On-Campus Student Success Resources
  • Classes that Start Every 8 Weeks
  • Small Class Sizes (18 students max)
  • Degree Programs Aligned with NASM, ACSM, ISSN, NSCA

Why Study Exercise Science?

Earning a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science is an excellent choice for students interested in positively impacting health and wellness. Right now is a fantastic time to be preparing for a career in the health and wellness industry. Between 2016 and 2026, the number of jobs available for exercise physiologists is projected to increase by 13 percent, which is more than twice the average pace of job growth. Fitness trainers and instructors are in high demand as well, with an increase of 10 percent forecast for the same time period. You can read more, here.

MS in Applied Exercise Science Program Details

Program Information

Next Start Date: 10/19/2020
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Application Deadline: Rolling

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Cost Per Credit Hour: $475 (beginning Fall 2020)
Technology Fee: $16 (per credit hour)
Books & Materials: $800 (approx.)

  • 100% online
  • Asynchronous (you don’t have to log-on at a certain time)
  • 1-year tract or traditional tract available
    • 1-year is 2 classes per term allowing you to finish in 1-year
    • Traditional is 1 class per term allowing you to finish in 18 months
  • Dual concentrations are available
    • Adding a concentration will add an additional 12 credit hours (4 classes) to your program

Required Core Courses 18 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Credits
AES 6020
Kinesiology I
Students will explore upper extremity musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on systems that enable the human body to maintain proper stabilization and produce efficient movements. Students will develop human movement analysis techniques through assessment and evaluation of biomechanical movement patterns.
AES 6030
Kinesiology II
Students will explore trunk and lower extremity musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on systems that enable the human body to maintain proper stabilization and produce efficient movements. Students will develop human movement analysis techniques through assessment and evaluation of biomechanical movement patterns.
AES 6050
Research Design and Methods in Exercise Science
Selected research techniques and designs utilized in exercise science research with emphasis on general statistics, interpretation of data, research ethics, scientific writing and library use.
AES 6200
Applied Exercise Physiology
Effects of exercise on the major systems of the human body, including cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, glandular and digestive; with emphasis on optimizing human performance. Prerequisite: AES-6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
AES 6300
Exercise and Sport Nutrition
Explores the relationships between nutrition, energy metabolism, and exercise and sport performance, with an in-depth analysis of dietary and nutritional supplementation.
AES 6990
Capstone Experience
Culminating experience in the Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science degree. Experiences may include, but is not limited to, independent research that leads to an actual product such as a publishable journal article, professional field experience, conference presentation, advanced certifications, program or facility development, web site, on-line course materials, curriculum development.

Concentration 12 Credit Hours*
*Each concentration is made up of 4 classes on a specific subject matter. Students may take dual concentrations. A dual concentration would add an additional 12 credit hours (4 classes) onto your program. Click on the concentration to learn more: Human Movement Science, Strength and Conditioning, Fitness and Health Promotion, Sports Performance Training or Sports Nutrition.

  • A conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent non-U.S. degree.
  • To be considered for Full Admission at Concordia University, candidates in the MS Applied Exercise Science program will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • To be considered for Provisional Admission to the program, candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites.
  • Note: All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first enrolled semester in the program. Provisional Admission is only available to US residents and citizens.
  • For students to be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist: 1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or 3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program.

Earn your master’s degree in exercise science online.

When you study at Concordia University – Chicago you can choose from 5 unique concentrations. Students may also enroll in a dual concentration if you have a hard time choosing just one. The Master’s of Applied Exercise Science concentrations are Human Movement Science, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Performance Training or Sports Nutrition.

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • I love the curriculum and the ability to take one course at a time, along with the flexible payments that works with my salary. This degree will prepare me to work with other professors or medical doctors in the Exercise Science field to explore further research.

    Nicholas Mortensen PhD Health and Human Performance
  • I wanted to get a PhD to pursue a tenured-track position and perform research. The online courses have been highly engaging and have provided an outstanding learning experience preparing me to contribute as a scholar in my field of study.

    Jason Menoutis PhD Health and Human Performance
  • My favorite class was research methods and design. The instructor’s feedback was extremely helpful and what I learned in this class will be applicable throughout the rest of my career. I also enjoyed my sports nutrition course because it was challenging and put me out of my comfort zone.

    Cynthia Miranda MS Applied Exercise Science - Human Movement Science
  • The online format allows for me to continue expanding my business and professional goals while still pursuing a Master’s degree. I was initially worried as I had not previously had much experience with online coursework, but the format allows for structured, discussion based learning amongst peers.

    Ryan Richmond MS Applied Exercise Science - Sports Nutrition