The school has evolved from its beginnings in 1914 as a physical education department to one that now offers undergraduate degrees in kinesiology, athletic training, and foods and nutrition. It also offers masters degrees in exercise physiology, nutrition, and kinesiology, as well as a doctor of physical therapy degree.
Besides offering strong academic programs, the school’s faculty are active researchers who are publishing on a range of topics that include:
- exercise and diet behavior in the control of chronic diseases,
- environment and religiosity on physical activity
- role of diet in performance and protection against cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis
- postural control in children with prenatal exposure to alcohol
- effects of injury and aging on proprioceptive functioning and brain activation
- effects of aging, spinal cord injury, stroke and Parkinson’s disease on muscle recruitment
- assessment of mitochondrial functioning and relation to fitness and disease
- thermoregulation during exercise
In addition, the Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities is an ENS program for individuals with a range of physical disabilities. Founded in 1983, the Clinic has served over 1300 clients from the local community and provided hands-on training experiences for over 3000 ENS students.