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Department of Health & Exercise Science

Facilities & Equipment

Build your skills in our state-of-the-art laboratories

Learn while using advanced, industry-specific equipment and put your academic studies to the test with hands-on learning. Our Biomechanics, Human Performance and Musculoskeletal Health laboratories utilize cutting-edge technology to assess body movement, test physical fitness, and investigate the response to exercise for bodies of all types.

Use the isokinetic dynamometer to gather data about the force and torque of the major body joints. Work with the latest technology to track biomarkers during a workout. Virtually dissect the human body using Anatomage Tables. Assess bone and muscle structure using computed tomography and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. By working with these technologies and more, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to make the world a healthier place.

Majors and Minors

Depending on your major, you’ll study the complex functions of the human body’s response to exercise and learn how to address the complex public health challenges within our community.

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science prepares students for a variety of allied health-related career paths or graduate program such as physical therapy, chiropractic, physician assistant, nursing, biomechanics, exercise physiology and other health-related fields.
Exercise Science Major and Minor

Health Promotion and Wellness

In this major, you will learn skills to coach individuals towards achieving healthy lifestyles, and plan disease prevention and wellness programming for schools, worksites, and communities.

Health Promotion & Wellness Major

Public Health

Public health is an exciting field of study centered on improving opportunities and conditions for everyone to achieve good health. To achieve this goal, we use various public health tools including education, scientific research, and policy development.

Public Health Major and Minor
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Biomechanics Laboratory

The Biomechanics Lab features technologies to examine human movement, including force, torque, muscle activation and motion capture. With force plates, electromyography, motion capture cameras and Biodex, investigate ground reaction forces, joint torques and kinematics and their influence on human performance.

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Human Performance Laboratory

This fully equipped blood lab includes a power rack, POLAR TeamPro System and two metabolic carts and a Lode Excalibur cycle ergometer. Students can examine human performance variables including blood lactate, glucose and cortisol and resting metabolic rate, VO2max, and anaerobic power.

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Musculoskeletal Health Laboratory

Explore the skeletal strength and body composition changes that occur from growth, aging, exercise, injury and disease using cutting edge equipment, including:
  • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry
  • Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography
  • Air Displacement Plethysmography (BodPod)