The goal of the Exercise Physiology Degree Program at West Liberty University is to reflect those of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) as well as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), while providing students with a solid foundation in factual and conceptual mastery of human movement study. The curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking skills, effective writing, clear articulation and presentation, and analytical skills that transcend the subject matter. Students are also encouraged to participate in, and learn to appreciate the application of scientific research to real world problems and/or service for the benefit of the community, with consideration of the moral and ethical issues involved. The program aims to develop well rounded individuals. Students will be equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and/or professional fields of study, and will have a diverse array of options upon graduation.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology is a four-year degree program that includes three components:
During the course of Study in Exercise Physiology, the student will be exposed to classroom lectures, laboratory experiences, a research project, and a field internship.
Courses taken outside the department that provide the foundation for the Exercise Physiology degree curriculum include: chemistry, math, biology, computer science, business, physics, and psychology.
Any individual who has been admitted to West Liberty University as a student is eligible for admission into the program. Performance standards are the same as those set for all students attending West Liberty University. In order to graduate all Exercise Physiology majors are required to have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 in their major field, concentration area and overall.
Located in Main Hall, the Exercise Physiology Lab is a large, open lab space that gives students access to the tools and instruments that exercise physiologists use to assess health, physical fitness, and performance. All of our equipment is available for students to practice and for research projects. Equipment includes a metabolic cart, treadmills, cycle ergometers, a rower, free weights, bench, squat rack, electrocardiography machines, skinfold calipers, bioelectrical impedance analyzers, sit-and-reach boxes, heart rate monitors, and more.