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Our exercise faculty members are nationally recognized in areas including biomechanics, exercise physiology, and exercise psychology.

Students get hands-on experience through small class labs and internships, or they may join department research projects on topics including weight loss, disability, and measuring physical activity with tracking devices. Our graduates go on to become fitness specialists, personal trainers, sports performance professionals and other professionals in the allied health medical fields.

Faculty for core classes are nationally recognized experts in the field. Students in this major have an interest in human movement to enhance health and fitness or for sports performance. The coursework, in addition to research labs and practicum experiences, allows students to pursue national certifications, professional and graduate programs, and jobs in the profession.

Contact Details

  • Address:
    115 Ramsey Center
    330 River Road
    Athens, Georgia 30602
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Student Organizations

Rho Tau

Rho Tau is a pre-physical therapy club open to any student interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy. The club hosts both representatives from physical therapy programs and physical therapists to guest lecture.

Faculty and Staff

Janet Buckworth

  • Professor and Department Head

Jarrod A. Call

  • Associate Professor

Bud Cooper

  • Clinical Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator

Rodney K. Dishman

  • Professor

Ellen M. Evans

  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
  • Professor

Nathan T. Jenkins

  • Associate Professor

Kevin K. McCully

  • Professor

Christopher D. Mojock

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Patrick O'Connor

  • Professor

Julianne D. Schmidt

  • Associate Professor

Michael D. Schmidt

  • Associate Professor


Amazing Student: Ellie Pryor

May 6, 2019
Ellie Pryor, an exercise and sport science major, has taken advantage of the "unbelievable opportunities" UGA offers, from lab research to club volleyball to volunteering for Special Olympics to study abroad.

UGA exercise studies featured on

March 28, 2019
Two studies by UGA researchers in the College of Education's department of kinesiology found that working out for 20 minutes can consistently increase feelings of energy.