Exercise Biology

About the Major

The major in Exercise Biology is now closed to new students and any students who are currently attending UCD (‘internal transfers’).

The minor in Exercise Biology will still be available, as the core Exercise Biology courses will still be offered. Academic advisers specific to Exercise Biology are still available to assist with course scheduling questions.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Exercise Biology (EXB) major program provides a foundation for lifelong learning by fostering intellectual curiosity, problem solving and critical thinking skills, in the context of understanding organismal animal (including human) biology.

1. Demonstrate an understanding of organisms and their diversity at the level of molecules, cells, systems, and communities.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of how physical activity levels impact human form and function, from physiological, biomechanical and behavioral perspectives.

3. Address scientific questions using quantitative approaches and critical reasoning, including developing hypotheses, analyzing data, and interpreting results.

4. Critically evaluate scientific information from a wide variety of sources.

5. Communicate scientific data and concepts orally and in writing.


These majors could lead to further graduate study in any field related to human biology as well as careers in medicine and other health sciences (e.g., physical therapy), biomechanics and biomedical engineering, and medical equipment and pharmaceutical development and sales. The A. B. programs are for those students who wish to apply their knowledge of exercise biology/science within the human community. Students with further academic or professional interests in medicine and other health sciences, community service, business, sales, communications, education, or coaching might find this major particularly attractive.

For more information about the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior within the College of Biological Sciences, visit the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior website.