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Exercise Physiology Minor

Exercise Physiology is the study of the body’s response and chronic adaptations to a wide range of exercises. Based on the physiological mechanisms underlying exercises, students learn how to promote and improve health & fitness, prevent and treat illness & disease, restore and enhance muscle and cardiovascular function, and help individuals reach their peak performance. Students will gain valuable laboratory and practical experiences in exercise physiology.

The completion of the minor prepares students to sit for the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). The NASM-CPT has quickly become one of the most recognized and respected Personal Trainer certification in the fitness and wellness field. Completion of the minor, along with obtaining the NASM-CPT credential will prepare students for potential careers as an exercise specialist, wellness coach and/or a fitness professional. Long Island University’s Division of Athletic Training, Health & Exercise Science (ATHES) has partnered with the NASM to help students begin their careers as health & fitness professionals.

In addition, students will be prepared for Graduate work in Exercise Physiology, which may include an emphasis on clinical and research study. Upon successful completion of additional graduate coursework, students may also obtain additional certifications offered by other nationally recognized organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Course # Course Name Credits
SPS 104 Exercise Prescription II 3
SPS 182 Exercise Physiology II 3
SPS 210 Personal Training Methods & Certification Preparation 3
SPS 263 Practicum (Exercise Physiology) 3

Students must have completed all prerequisites prior to registering for the required courses. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all minor courses. In addition, students must have current CPR/AED certification prior to sitting for the exam.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with an Advisor, please contact the Division of ATHES at 718-488-1026