2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Bioenergetics

90-96 credits

The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in human bioenergetics is designed to prepare students for research careers in exercise physiology. The doctoral degree will require approximately three years to complete and will give students the competencies necessary to deal with biochemical and physiological problems in exercise physiology. It is conducted in cooperation with the Department of Biology.

Degree requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits of graduate work including the dissertation and master’s degree credits. In addition to the core requirement, one 24-credit cognate or two 15-credit cognates in such related fields as biology, physiology, and chemistry are required. Students must complete the dissertation (DISS 799) for 10-24 credits on research problems that will contribute new knowledge to the field. Candidates will take final oral examinations given by their PhD committees when the dissertation is completed.

Core requirements

EXSC 603Exercise Physiology 1


EXSC 630Exercise Physiology 2


EXSC 637Applied Physiology



24 or 30





Master’s degree credits (maximum allowed)


Total Credit Hours: 90-96