About This Program


Susan Sotir, PhD
Graduate Program Coordinator for Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
(413) 748-3177

The Springfield College exercise physiology concentration has a prestigious reputation both nationally and internationally. In the concentration, you’ll examine the physiological responses of various systems to acute and chronic exercise. This includes the study of neuromuscular function, cardiovascular physiology, the hormonal and biochemical changes associated with exercise, as well as the thermoregulatory responses. Specialty areas such as body composition, pathophysiology, and sports nutrition are also addressed.

The exercise physiology program is designed to prepare you for basic and applied research activities, as well as continued study at the doctoral level. We strive to have student research presented at regional and national scientific meetings, as well as the publication of student research findings, so you’ll graduate with professional experience already on your resume.

Defining Our Programs

Should I study clinical exercise physiology or exercise physiology?

Learn what differentiates clinical exercise physiology and exercise physiology.

An exercise physiology student adjusts the oxygen mask of a research participant on a treadmill.
Faculty Member Liz O'Neill travels to Costa Rica to help with the opening of an exercise physiology facility.

Elizabeth O’Neill, PhD, second from left, and José Moncada-Jiménez, G’98, PhD, fifth from the left in the back row.

International Influence

Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Elizabeth O’Neill, PhD, was invited to the University of Costa Rica to present during its ceremony for the opening of their Exercise Physiology Research Facility. She was in good company with José Moncada-Jiménez, G’98, PhD, director of the facility

Faculty like O’Neill are the international experts and educators you’ll learn from in our programs.

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Student Employment

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Our exercise physiology master’s concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.