Exercise physiology (Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science)



Graduates from the Exercise Physiology major will have an in-depth understanding of human physiology applied to exercise, the adaptations following exercise training and how they relate to enhanced sporting performance, improved health and prevention of chronic disease.

Students will develop the skills to monitor and interpret physiological responses during exercise, and develop job ready skills by gaining hands-on, practical experience utilising a range of laboratory techniques. Exercise Physiology is a fundamental discipline for sport and exercise science and complements interests in other Exercise and Sport Science major sequences. Common career pathways for graduates include exercise and sport science roles in sporting clubs and organisations, health and fitness clubs, and rehabilitation centres. The knowledge and skills gained in this major are also relevant for further postgraduate study such as honours and higher degree by research programs, Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and other clinical career pathways.

Students that commenced this major before 2018 should refer to previous handbook entries

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Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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  • Muscle Biology for Exercise Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Integrated Human Physiology
  • Exercise Metabolism
  • Physiology of Sport Performance
  • Exercise in Health and Disease