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Stephen F. Austin State University

Exercise Science

Exercise Science

About Us

Increases in public awareness of the importance of overall health, physical activity, and exercise has led to intensive growth in the public and private sectors of health and fitness clubs (primary and secondary intervention), as well as clinical settings often housed within hospitals (secondary and tertiary intervention). In response to this growth, the Exercise Science specilization is designed to prepare students to meet the increased demands for professionally certified individuals.
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Exercise Science Studies

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science prepares students for future specialized training and careers in clinical medicine, research, rehabilitation, therapy, fitness, athletic strength/conditioning, and other allied-health areas. The Exercise Science specialization provides a rigorous, scientific-based curriculum, and hands-on clinical and field experience to provide students with an understanding of various career demands and possibilities.


Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities (from American College of Sports Medicine)

Kinesiology Experiential Major Matrix Brochure

Exercise Science Minor

An Exercise Science minor is available (18 total hours; 9 hours must be in-residence):


KINE 1200 Physical Fitness Concepts
KINE 4331 Organization and Administration of Activity Programs
KINE 1301 Foundations of Kinesiology KINE 4350 Personal Training Certification
KINE 3330 Measurement & Evaluation KINE 4351 Fitness Appraisal & Exercise Prescription
KINE 3340 Foundations of Personal Fitness KINE 4363 Fundamentals of Strength & Conditioning
KINE 3353 Physiology of Exercise KINE 4367 Exercise Testing (Field & Clinical)
KINE 2356 Prevention & Care of Injuries KINE 4368 Exercise Psychology
KINE 4317 Analysis of Movement HLTH 1304

Core Concepts in Health

KINE 3335

Dietary Considerations for Physical Activity and Exercise

Human Performance Lab

Performance for Body, Mind & Life

Students are able to get hands-on clinical and field experience through the Human Performance Lab (HPL).

Human Performance Lab

The HPL is a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art research, teaching and training facility, specifically designed to measure standardized and innovative physiological and psychological determinants, responses, and performance across numerous interests, including:

In addition, the HPL includes psychological and physiologcial aspects of exercise testing and measurement, as it applies to client screening, prescription and behavior change.

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National Certifications and Associations

American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the leader among certifying organizations offering several certifications within specialized areas of clinical and fitness settings. The Exercise Science specialization is designed to prepare students for the highly sought after Health and Fitness Specialist Certification from ACSM.
National Strength & Conditioning Association

The National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a recognized leader in delivering scientific, peer-reviewed research and certifications about strength and conditioning. In coordination with the NSCA, we offer a Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning course (KINE 4363).

National Council on Strength & Fitness

The National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) serves as a governing authority over the personal trainer certification program and regulatory standards, while also providing professional advocacy, legislative activity and collaboration with organizations and universities to disseminate valid, evidence-based information. In coordination with the NCSF, we offer a personal training course (KINE 4350), which culminates with sitting for the Certified Personal Trainer exam.

Exercise Science Faculty

Jones, Eric, Ph.D.
Jones, Eric, Ph.D. - Professor, Director, Human Performance Lab Educational Background: Dr. Jones earned his B.S. in Fitness and Sports Medicine from Southeast Missouri State University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama. Research/Areas of Interest: Environmental Stress, Thermoregulation, Hydration, Muscle Recovery Office: Education Annex Room 107 Phone: 936.468.1864
Joubert, Dustin, Ph.D.
Joubert, Dustin, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Joubert earned his B.S. and M.A. in Kinesiology from Sam Houston State University. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Science Physiology from Texas A & M. Research/Areas of Interest: Endurance Exercise Performance, Blood Preessure and Vascular Health. Office: Education Annex Room 104 Phone: 936.468.1380
Rowe, James Ph.D.
Rowe, James Ph.D. - Associate Professor Educational Background: Dr. Rowe received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Angelo State University, his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Texas Christian University and his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman's University. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Rowe's research interests include the influence of diet and exercise risk factors for metabolic diseases such as heart disease and diabetics. Office: Education Annex Room 108 Phone: 936.468.7098
Whitehead, Robyn Ph.D.
Whitehead, Robyn Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Office: HPE 216 Phone: 936.468.1641
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D.
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D. - Associate Professor Educational Background: Dr. Whitehead received his B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Ph.D. in Applied Physiology. All three degrees were completed at the University of Southern Mississippi. Research/Areas of Interest: Ergogenic Supplements, Novel Training Techniques Office: HPE 225 Phone: 936.468.1462

Dr. Whitehead has 9 years teaching experience in higher education and includes Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.