Demonstrate an understanding of exercise physiology beyond the master degree level.
Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate scientific literature and apply the scientific method in the exercise sciences.
Have the capacity to organize effectively, work independently and write coherently.
Apply their knowledge of the exercise sciences through successful oral and written presentations.
Obtain teaching experience at the university level.
Obtain experience in grant proposal writing.
This program prepares students for leadership at the highest level of their profession. Most students become university or college faculty. Students are prepared in the scientific bases of exercise science, well acquainted with the scientific literature, able to teach college courses, and able to do independent research.
Requirements for Degree.
- 60 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 36 credit hours residence requirement beyond master's degree.
- Comprehensive Exam (written and oral) and Dissertation required.
- Minimum of 60 hours beyond bachelor's degree in addition to all prerequisites. No 100 through 400 level classes apply. All doctoral students are expected to be engaged in a continual program of research during their studies, either original or collaborative, and to present at a regional, national, or international conference or submit a manuscript to a refereed journal. This is in addition to the thesis (or manuscript described above in lieu of a thesis) and dissertation.
- PhD students are also required to gain teaching experience by teaching or team-teaching appropriate courses in the undergraduate curriculum.
Areas of specialization: the three areas have the following in common. The core and specialization must be taken at BYU:
- Research Core (27-31 Hours): ExSc 691, 693R, 751, 753, 797R (4 hours), 799R (18 hours).
- Required courses (16 Hours): ExSc 666, 667, 669, 766, 769, PDBio 565.
- Supporting areas: minimum 17 hours of graduate credit, plus prerequisites, must be included in supporting areas approved by your dissertation committee. Suggested areas include: physiology and developmental biology, biology, health/wellness, nutrition, biomechanics.
- Required: (16 Hours from the following): ExSc 661, 666, 667, 669, 671, 673.
- Supporting areas: minimum 17 hours of graduate credit, plus prerequisites, must be included in supporting areas approved by your dissertation committee. Suggested areas include: biomechanics/advanced exercise physiology, health, nutrition, statistics, teacher and program evaluation.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Required courses (18 Hours): ExSc 560, 625R (12 hours), 668.
- Supporting areas: minimum 15 hours of graduate credit, plus prerequisites, must be included in supporting areas approved by your dissertation committee. Suggested areas include: muscle function, pedagogy, physiology and developmental biology, chemistry/biochemistry, microbiology & molecular biology, nutrition, health/wellness.
For All Specializations
- No more than 9 hours of supporting area course work may be transferred from another university. One member of each student’s committee must be from outside the college.
- PhD students must register for at least two consecutive 6-hour semesters on the BYU Provo campus.
- Examinations: (A) comprehensive examination (written and oral); (B) oral defense of dissertation.
- Letter of intent
- Baccalaureate or Master's degree in Exercise Sciences or related field with competence equivalent to several different classes depending on area of specialization (contact department for details)
- Thesis or publishable research manuscript
- Foundational science and skill competencies relating to different classes depending on area of specialization (contact department for details)
- GPA of 3.5 for last 60 semester hours of upper-level academic work