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Exercise Science

Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary field tying together traditional disciplines as biology, physiology, psychology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, genetics, nutrition, and sociology to facilitate an understanding of the links between physical activity, exercise, fitness, performance, diet, and health.

Exercise Science has become an increasingly valued discipline within public health, the medical community, and even high-performance environments. Exercise has even been acknowledged for its role in the treatment of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type II diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, and other chronic diseases & stress related disorders.

The mission of the Department of Exercise Science (EXSC) is to promote an environment of excellence and achievement in human health and performance. As part of our forward-thinking vision, EXSC is used as a resource to train the next generation of scientists and practitioners in the latest techniques and technologies in the field. In addition to advancing the science, we emphasize translation of this research for greater integration into practice and application.

The department’s Ph.D. program, which is ranked #1 in the United States by the National Academy of Kinesiology, prepares graduates for entry into positions in universities, colleges, research oriented settings, and industry. Specific areas of research specialties correspond to those listed for the departmental faculty.

Degrees Offered

In addition to the bachelor degree in exercise science, we offer four advanced degrees. Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements

Exercise Science News 

Kara Whitaker

Arnold School honors alumni at 2022 Hooding Ceremony

Kara Whitaker has been awarded the Gerry Sue Arnold Alumni Award, which honors an alumna/us who graduated in the past 10 years. Susan Bolick is the recipient of the Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal, which is bestowed upon an alumna/us who has graduated more than 10 years ago.

Gaye Christmus

Staff Spotlight: Gaye Christmus

The Arnold School has been a home to Gaye Christmus for three decades and counting. An alumna of the Master of Public Health program, Christmus has served as the pre-award grants manager and technical editor for the Department of Exercise Science for 22 years.

Reann Young

International student earns master’s degree to increase athletic training services in Caribbean

During her program, Reann Young gained experience with UofSC’s beach volleyball and football teams as well as the SC Summer Dance Conservatory and Columbia International University. She also developed research interests in the mental health of collegiate student-athletes. 

Michael Beets

Public health scientist sets high bar in research, mentoring productivity

UofSC Today features Breakthrough Leader and exercise science professor, Michael Beets. An expert in children's physical activity and health, Beets is the director for the Arnold School Obesity Initiative and the director of Propel, a university-wide NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp for early-career faculty.

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Department of Exercise Science recognizes students with annual awards

Seven exercise science students have been recognized with recognized with departmental awards. This year’s winners were chosen for their academic achievements, community service and leadership roles.


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