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Exercise Science

Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary field tying together traditional disciplines as biology, physiology, psychology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, genetics, nutrition, and sociology to facilitate an understanding of the links between physical activity, exercise, fitness, performance, diet, and health.

Exercise Science has become an increasingly valued discipline within public health, the medical community, and even high-performance environments. Exercise has even been acknowledged for its role in the treatment of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type II diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, and other chronic diseases & stress related disorders.

The mission of the Department of Exercise Science (EXSC) is to promote an environment of excellence and achievement in human health and performance. As part of our forward-thinking vision, EXSC is used as a resource to train the next generation of scientists and practitioners in the latest techniques and technologies in the field. In addition to advancing the science, we emphasize translation of this research for greater integration into practice and application.

The department’s Ph.D. program, which is ranked #1 in the United States by the National Academy of Kinesiology, prepares graduates for entry into positions in universities, colleges, research oriented settings, and industry. Specific areas of research specialties correspond to those listed for the departmental faculty.

Degrees Offered

In addition to the bachelor degree in exercise science, we offer four advanced degrees. Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements

Exercise Science News 

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Inspiration and Faith Drive McFadden to Bigger Baseball Aspirations

Gamecocks Online features exercise science major and bullpen catcher Meredith McFadden, who is the first female to hold the position on a power five conference team.

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Faculty Award Winners recognized at annual Hooding Ceremony

The Arnold School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 Faculty Awards: James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award (Courtney Monroe), Faculty Research Award (Jihong Liu), and Faculty Service Award (Alicia Flach).

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Exercise science recognizes seven students with Outstanding Student Awards

The Department of Exercise Science has selected seven students to receive the 2023 Outstanding Exercise Science Student Awards. This year’s winners were chosen for their academic achievements, community service and leadership roles.

Sujal Patel

Top graduate student award winners announced

The top master's and doctoral students were honored at the annual Hooding Ceremony. Sujal Patel (M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training) received the Jeffrey Keith Mattison Award, and Gabriel Benavidez won the Doctoral Achievement Award. 

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USC students Seas the Day in Greece

Travel (vicariously) through Greece for three weeks with 30 USC students as they compare ancient and modern Greece, learn about culture, history and health, and discover how the Greek diet impacts health outcomes. 

Harrison Johnson

From the stage to the clinic. Actor pivots career to help others through physical therapy

As a student in the Department of Exercise Science's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Harrison Johnson interned at two hospitals and served as a senior teaching assistant for clinical associate professor Erika Blanck.

Russell Pate

Public health researcher plays key role in project aimed at addressing K-12 fitness

USC features exercise science professor Russell Pate's key role in SC FitnessGram, a project led by SC DHEC that aims to evaluate and improve health-related fitness among public school students.

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Exercise science faculty win Office of Provost Awards

Alicia Flach has won the Clinical Practice Teaching Award and Shana Harrington has won the USC Educational Foundation Outstanding Service Award.


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