Exercise Sciences
Exercise Sciences
Department Information: 
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The Department of Exercise Sciences values the human being as sacred and seeks to strengthen both body and spirit by attaining, advancing, and disseminating knowledge in the disciplines of human exercise and performance, injury and rehabilitation, and wellness while inviting divine inspiration to guide our efforts.

Graduate programs within the Department of Exercise Sciences are designed to provide an atmosphere where increased knowledge and practice prepare students to become leaders in their professions, families, communities, and the world. Instruction takes the form of lectures and laboratory courses, seminars, examinations, independent study, research, and teaching experiences.  In addition to working with department faculty, graduate students have the option of performing cross disciplinary research with faculty in nutrition science that research topics of interest to exercise science.

The Department of Exercise Sciences has the following graduate program objectives:

  • To develop scholars, researchers, teachers, and professionals in exercise science who can make significant original contributions to the discipline’s body of knowledge and integrate, apply, and disseminate the frontiers of exercise science knowledge.

The following degrees are offered through the Department of Exercise Sciences: Exercise Sciences—MS (thesis required); and Exercise Sciences—PhD.

The Department of Exercise Sciences houses the Human Performance Research Center (HPRC).  The primary purpose of the HPRC is to support applied and basic research programs of faculty and graduate students on such topics as nutrition and exercise, drugs and exercise, exercise and cardiovascular disease, exercise and weight control, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation procedures, biomechanics, and other contemporary issues in exercise science.

Department Chair: Allen C. Parcell
Graduate Coordinator:  John Tyson Hopkins

Resources & Opportunity: 

Other resources exist in these areas:

Anatomy & Biomechanics: six cadavers and skeletons. Biomechanics: three-dimensional infra-red motion analysis video system, force plate analysis.

Exercise Biochemistry: blood and muscle biochemistry, gel electrophoresis, muscle histochemistry, DNA and RNA analysis.

Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion: treadmills, bicycle ergometers, body composition analyses (DEXA and Bod Pod), strength testing, electromyography, expired gas analyses.

Athletic Training: two large, well-equipped facilities plus two satellite training rooms located in the Marriott Center and LaVell Edwards football stadium.

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, see the department Web page at http://exsc.byu.edu

Financial Assistance: 

Exercise Sciences provides six to eight stipends per year (100% tuition waiver plus part-time employment support year) for doctoral students.  Some teaching and research assistantships are available for qualified masters students based on faculty and department needs.