UToledo’s exercise science program offers three concentrations, including pre-med. Undergrads have a chance to work with faculty on research — not an option at many other schools.
Exercise as medicine. That’s the motto of The University of Toledo’s exercise science bachelor’s degree program.
Our program’s unique curriculum blends the study of the basic sciences — anatomy and physiology — with how they apply to the body’s health and wellness.
UToledo exercise science graduates go on to graduate school in the allied health professions or medical school. Others seek health and fitness-related careers in fields like strength and conditioning or corporate wellness.
About 80% of UToledo exercise science students pursue graduate degrees in physical therapy, physician assistant studies, medical school or athletic training. The remainder may find careers as health care and fitness professionals: personal trainers, corporate wellness professionals and strength and conditioning coaches.
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"In the exercise science program at The University of Toledo, not only will you gain the knowledge needed for your future career, but also real-life, applicable knowledge like clinical work and hands-on research with professors. This program strives to go above and beyond. Attending The University of Toledo was the best choice I've ever made."
Alexander Bores, BS, PhD candidate in UToledo’s physical therapy program
BBA '14, MSA '15
Dr. J. Larry Durstine, graduate of the doctoral program in exercise science and Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Health and Human Services, is co-director of the preventive exercise program in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Durstine also is past president of the American College of Sports Medicine.
UToledo’s exercise science faculty use their research labs as incubators for undergraduate learning. Students work side-by-side with graduate students and faculty mentors on cutting-edge research. Some undergrads even co-author papers.
Research ranges from studies of whole-body systems to cellular and molecular studies that explore the use of exercise in health and disease prevention. Students study cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as joint movement and injuries.