Exercise Physiology concentration

For those pursuing doctoral studies or a career in exercise science research

Our exercise physiology concentration will give you experience with a variety of testing, measurement and prescription techniques. Become an expert in fitness assessment, prescription and training, and health and physical activity programs for special populations.

Concentration details

Our exercise physiology concentration is aimed primarily at students interested in scientific research.

Advanced degree paths include:

  • Ph.D.
  • Allied health clinical fields such as physical therapy
  • Physician’s assistant

Career paths without pursuing an additional advanced degree include:

  • Research coordinator/lab manager
  • Education (physical education in public schools, faculty at community college or smaller four-year colleges, sports coach or strength and conditioning coach)
  • Industry (sports marketing division, measurement and evaluation technician)


The following courses are expected for the Exercise Physiology concentration:

  • Biology of cells and organisms: 1 semester
  • Chemistry: 1 semester
  • Human anatomy and physiology: 2 semesters
  • Human biomechanics: 1 semester
  • Exercise physiology: 1 semester

UIC courses that meet our requirements:

  • BIOS 100: Biology of Cells and Organisms
  • Any 100-level chemistry course
  • KN 251: Human Physiological Anatomy I
  • KN 252: Human Physiological Anatomy II
  • KN 261: Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • KN 352: Physiology of Exercise

Required courses

Students enrolled in the exercise physiology concentration need to successfully complete the following courses:

KN 500 Evidence-Based Practice in Kinesiology and Nutrition
KN 545Advanced Exercise Programming Assessment
KN 550 Applied Exercise Physiology

Completion of the KN MS degree requires the following credits at the graduate level:

  • 40 credits for coursework only. Students who complete the coursework only option are required to take at least 12 hours at the 500-level. All students are automatically admitted into the coursework-only track.
  • 32 credits for project option. Students who complete the project option are required to take at least 9 hours at the 500-level as well as at least 5 hours of KN597 Master’s Project Research.
  • 32 credits for thesis option. Students who complete the project option are required to take at least 9 hours at the 500-level as well as at least 5 hours of KN598 Master’s Thesis Research.

*Only 500-level classes with A-F grading are counted towards this required minimum (thus KN596, KN597, KN598 and any other class with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading do not count). Moreover, only 400- and 500-level classes count towards the MS. Any 100-, 200- or 300-level class (for example classes taken to fulfill prerequisites) will not count towards the required total credits or GPA calculation.


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