Courses

The Ph.D. program typically requires an additional two years of coursework beyond the M.S. degree level.

In addition to coursework, each doctoral student must successfully pass a qualifying examination, complete a research apprenticeship, and submit and defend a doctoral dissertation. The research apprenticeship requirement (a closely supervised research study of professional publication quality) must be completed before beginning dissertation research. The doctoral dissertation, the final stage of the degree program, requires original publishable work contributing to the broad discipline of exercise science.

Exercise Science 18 credits

  • PPE 606 - Current Literature in Exercise & Sport Science
  • PPE 685 - Systemic Physiology
  • PPE 700 - Exercise Endocrinology
  • PPE 753 - CV Exercise and Physiology
  • PPE 785 - Energy Metabolism and Exercise
  • PPE 795 - Skeletal Muscle Physiology

Research Methods 18 credits

  • EDU 647 - Statistical Thinking
  • PPE 693/EDU 791 - Research/Quantitative Methods
  • EDU/PSY 756 - Statistical Methods in Education and Psychology II
  • PSY 853 - Experimental Design and Statistical Tests

Choose 2 of the following:

  • PSY 624 - Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 757 - Multiple Correlation and Regression
  • PSY 857 - Multivariate Analysis

Dissertation 12 credits

Science Education 9 credits

  • EDU 781 - The Institutions and Processes of Education

Choose 2 of the following:

  • SCE 718 - Curriculum Problems in Science
  • BIO/SCI 544 - Teaching of College Science
  • SCE 747 - Methods and Materials in Teaching the Biological Sciences
  • SCE 737 - Methods and Materials in Teaching the Physical Sciences

Exercise Science Electives 33 credits

  • PPE 500 - Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • PPE 500 - Pediatric Exercise Physiology
  • PPE 500 - Obesity and Body Composition
  • PPE 514 - Exercise and Aging
  • PPE 515 - Graded Exercise Testing and Interpretation
  • PPE 517 - Pathophysiology

Other Electives

  • WRT 605 - Scientific/Technical Writing
  • NFM 525 - Nutrition and Health
  • NFM 625 - Nutrition Fitness/Sport
  • BIO 575 - Biochemistry I
  • BIO 576 - Biochemistry II
  • BEN 665 - Skeleto-Muscular Biomechanics I
  • BEN 666 - Skeleto-Muscular Biomechanics II
  • NEU 704 - Somatosensory Physiology
  • NEU 785 - Lab in Sensory Research

Certificate of Advanced Study in Gerontology 12 approved credits + Gerontology Electives

  • SOC 644 - Aging & Society
  • SWK 657 - Processes of Aging

Science Education Electives

  • SCE 690 - Independent Study
  • SCE 789 - Seminar
  • HED 605 - The American College and University
  • HED 641 - The Academic Program
  • HED 742 - Evaluation and Learning in Higher Education
  • IDE 633 - Principles of Instruction and Learning
  • IDE 715 - Motivation in Instructional Design