Physiology & Exercise Science Degree

Bachelor of Science in Biology

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The foundation of physiology and exercise science is the nature of human movement and how it impacts our day-to-day lives. Those who’ve completed an exercise physiology specialization in our Biological Science program have a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy and structure and how it applies to practical settings. At Salem University, our Bachelor of Science in Biology with a specialization in Physiology and Exercise Science is a 40-month course that’s taught out of our beautiful West Virginia campus and includes:

  • A curriculum focused on professional development
  • Faculty with real-world experience in the field
  • A diverse learning community
  • Preparation for the life sciences job market or for graduate-level study

With an exercise physiology specialization, you’ll start with gathering knowledge and skills related to both physical and biological sciences as a whole. From there, you’ll build on that base by studying topics like skeletal structure and motor components, how the body works, how to assess performance, how internal biology affects outer functions including pathophysiology with special reference to microbiology, the immune system, and the role nutrition plays in performance assessment. In your courses, you will focus on practical applications on these concepts so you can apply what you’re learning to the skills and tasks you’ll need in the field.

WHY SALEM UNIVERSITY for Your Exercise Physiology Degree

We have been pioneers in the realm of higher education for almost 150 years, dedicated to providing affordable baccalaureate degrees that not only prepare you for your chosen career field, but also build you up as a decision-maker and leader in your field. Our Physiology and Exercise Science Biology degree is taught at our school location in Salem, West Virginia, tucked into the beautiful views and backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains. With everything from on-campus housing and amenities, to a comprehensive learning resource center, to our Carlson Hall of Science, you can get a full, supportive college experience at Salem University.

Physiology & Exercise Courses You'll Take

The Physiology and Exercise Science specialization includes five additional courses related to exercise physiology:

  • BIO260 Kinesiology & Biomechanics
  • BIO365 Physiology of Exercise & Performance Assessment
  • BIO442 Microbiology
  • BIO444 Pathophysiology
  • BIO460 Advanced Topics in Human Nutrition

Physiology & Exercise CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

With an exercise physiology specialization in your Biology degree, you’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level career opportunities in:

  • Health care
  • Athletic training
  • Athletic coaching
  • Kinesiology

The exercise physiology specialization’s main focus is to prepare you for further professional study in an exercise science-related field, like physical or occupational therapy.


Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Biology program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution).

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability.

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