Exercise Science is the study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement. The field is richly interdisciplinary, involving such disciplines as anatomy, chemistry, biology, physiology, biomechanics, exercise prescription, psychology, nutrition, and injury management. The rigorous and systematic study of these disciplines enables students to understand how and why people move and the factors which limit and enhance our capacity to move.
The Intersection of Science & Movement
Exercise Science Instructor Jennifer Holbein (far left) and her students — (from left) Abby Carpenter ’18, Emil Hiiri ’19, Eric Bakken ’18, Jessica Folson ’21, Andrew Thao ’18, Kyle Leemon ’18, Kelsey Sims ’18, and (front, from left) Katie Marshall ’21 and Nina Lautz ’18 — are researching ways to relax muscle tension, reduce pain, and prevent injury in performing artists.
The exercise science major at St. Olaf is designed for students interested in the advanced and specialized study of the biophysical aspects of human movement. The major supports academic linkages across disciplines and provides excellent preparation in a wide variety of fields.Learn More
Our major prepares students for entry into graduate school in one of many the disciplines. Such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, biomechanics, occupational therapy, nutrition, exercise physiology, sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and exercise prescription.More Information
St. Olaf's facilities offer an excellent place for students in the exercise science major to learn and grow throughout their time on the hill.Human Performance Laboratory
Exercise Science faculty member Jenny Holbein and students Andrew Thao '18, Nina Lautz '18, and Abby Carpenter '18 presented their poster at the 36th Annual Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) Symposium at Chapman University in Orange, CA in June 2018.Photo Gallery