WVU’s EXPH curriculum uses a combination of classroom instruction and research/clinical experiences to prepare students for postgraduate studies or immediate employment.
Additionally, EXPH students are required to complete either a minor or an area of emphasis prior to graduation, allowing them to customize their undergraduate major to align even more completely with their interests and career goals.
Students interested in pursuing professional programs, such as medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, should select the Health Professions area of emphasis. The general EXPH curriculum prepares students for other areas of graduate or professional study.
Tailor this major to your interests by taking one of these courses as you pursue your degree:
Anatomical, mechanical, and musculoskeletal study of the human body as the instrument for efficient performance of motor activities. (Laboratory work included.)
This course prepares future exercise physiologists and pre-health professionals to provide evidence-based nutritional recommendations within their scope of practice by covering human nutrition as it relates to health and wellness, general physical activity and exercise performance.
Writing for medical scientific fields. Students will develop a book review, analyze discipline-specific texts, and write scientific literature reviews. Includes a review of style and language use.
Writing for Exercise Science
Provides students an in-depth integrative understanding of human anatomy. A regional approach will be used to learn typical and atypical anatomical structures of the human body. Clinical correlations will made throughout each topical area.
Anatomy for Exercise Physiology
An introduction to aquatic therapy. It covers the historical perspective, biophysiologic response to water immersion, and application of aquatic therapy to specific physical diagnoses.
Theory of Aquatic Therapy
The study of disease etiology and the physiological changes that occur from disease, with special emphasis given to the use of exercise in disease prevention and therapy.
The primary objective of this course is to examine how exercise is used as a safe and effective treatment for various disease conditions. Additionally, this course will discuss principles of the Exercise is Medicine model set forth by the American Medical Association and American College of Sports Medicine when assessing and prescribing physical activity in individuals.
Exercise is Medicine
Prepares exercise physiology students to work in health care fitness related fields and promotes knowledge on how to "build a business plan" for entrepreneurship.
Industry Organization in Exercise Physiology
Designed for students to understand anthropometrics, movement mechanics, overtraining, environmental and situational factors related to the development of dance injuries and methods used to prevent dance injury and injury progression.
Dance Injury Prevention
Tailor this major to your interests by focusing your coursework in one of these areas:
This area of emphasis is for students who would like to distinguish themselves by pursuing a specialized and rapidly developing health profession, and to prepare for the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Exam.
This area of emphasis is for students who want to learn and engage in the application of principles of movement, mechanics, conditioning, training and prevention of injury in dancers and performance artists.
The Health Professions area of emphasis starts early, with advanced prerequisites required beginning in the freshman year. Throughout the degree, it contains additional upper division science and clinical coursework. It is ideal for students who wish to prepare for professional programs such as medicine or dentistry.
Take advantage of special options related to this major:
Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.