Exercise Physiology (IPHY 4650) is an advanced course in the study of the physiological and biochemical adjustments that occur in the human body in response to both acute and chronic (training) exercise. Topics center on the mechanisms pertaining to metabolic, cardiovascular, and hormonal alterations associated with exercise; the role of exercise in health and disease; muscle soreness and fatigue; weight control; ergogenic aids; immune function; as well as varied environmental conditions are addressed.
This 5 credit core course has a weekly laboratory which provides the students with practical hands-on experiences in techniques in exercise physiology, demonstrations of selected concepts in the field and, the opportunity to analyze and synthesize scientific information. Each lab section of 15 students is taught by a graduate teaching assistant, often with the aid of an undergraduate teaching assistant. Labs include (but are not limited to): measurement of metabolic rate (indirect calorimetry), substrate utilization, VO2max determinations, resting and exercise ECG measurements, graded exercise testing and body composition assessment.
Students who perform well in the course can subsequently apply for a position as an undergraduate teaching assistant. This provides valuable teaching and leadership experience and the opportunity to assist in preparing laboratory materials.
The hands-on application of physiological concepts in this course provides an important step for students going on to graduate study in physiology and the health sciences.