Exercise Science

Students measure the lung capacity of an athlete running on a treadmill.

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Program Director
Hirofumi Tanaka

Our Exercise Science program offers students the opportunity to explore practical areas of study that prepare them for a career promoting healthy lifestyles. Additionally, graduate students can focus on a research-intensive route that benefits from the vast amount of resources and knowledge provided by the university and faculty. Each student is provided an advisor that will guide them through their degree to ensure they are enrolling in coursework. These courses will combine multidisciplinary studies in:

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Motor Learning and Control

Exercise Science provides several options for graduate degrees. We offer an M.Ed. program that aims to prepare students to work in clinical rehabilitation and sport science and nutrition fields. Our research-driven degrees include M.S. and Ph.D. programs that pair students with a faculty mentor. These programs carry out research in topics studying cardiovascular performance, neural control of muscles, nutrition and other subjects related to health and movement.


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Lawrence Abraham


Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Faculty Fellow

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Focuses on biomechanic analysis and instruction, and neurological correlation to fine motor skills

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John Bartholomew

Professor & Department Chair

Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Faculty Fellow

Researches the effect of exercise on mental health to improve mood and reduce stress.

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Edward Coyle


Investigates metabolic and cardiovascular factors that limit exercise performance.

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Roger Farrar


Studies muscle physiology and adaptability across the life span in response to exercise training and injury.

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Lisa Griffin

Associate Professor

Investigates neural control mechanisms during muscle fatigue and aging with single-motor unit recording, and designs electrical stimulation protocols for individuals with paralysis.

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Jody Jensen


Studies biomechanics and changes in motor competencies across a lifetime with an emphasis on posture and locomotor control including populations of autism and cerebral palsy.

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Harold W Kohl

Research Professor

Specializes in public health, epidemiology and the study and promotion of physical activity for health.

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Sophie Lalande

Assistant Professor

Studies the limiting factors to exercise capacity in healthy individuals and clinical populations.

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Philip Stanforth

Senior Lecturer

Is the Executive Director of the Fitness Institute of Texas and trains students on the techniques of fitness assessment.

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Audrey Stone

Assistant Professor

Studies the control of circulation during exercise, especially in those affected by diabetes.

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Hirofumi Tanaka


Studies the effects of vascular dysfunction due to aging, and the lifestyle habits that can prevent or reverse dysfunction.

Labs and Research Areas

Autonomic Control of Circulation Laboratory

Investigates the effects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes on the neural control of circulation during exercise.

Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory

Investigates the influence of aging and lifestyle modifications on vascular function and disease risks.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab

Examines the cardiovascular limitations to exercise capacity in healthy individuals and clinical populations.

Developmental Motor & Cognition Lab

Focuses on age-related changes in motor competence across the life span by studying developmental changes in the performance of physical activity.

Exercise & Sport Psychology Laboratory

Develops interventions to increase physical activity and health eating, and seeks to understand the benefits of exercise for mental health.

Health and Integrative Physiology Lab

Investigates the mechanisms underlying the link between lifestyle behaviors, metabolic health, and chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in at-risk populations.

Human Performance Laboratory

Investigating the types of physical activity and exercise that keep people healthy and allow them to achieve their physical potential.

Motor Coordination Laboratory

Assesses kinematic, dynamic, and electromyographical data to determine neurophysiological and biomechanical factors in motor skill performance.

Neuromuscular Physiology Research Laboratory

Conducts studies specializing in neuromuscular control patterns during aging and clinical conditions such as spinal cord injury.