PhD in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science

PhD in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science


Are you interested in an advanced degree that will enhance your understanding of a variety of processes that sustain life? Do you want to be an expert in your field?

The PhD program in bioenergetics and exercise science is housed in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health and Human Performance, and is offered in conjunction with the Departments of Physiology and Biochemistry in the Brody School of Medicine. In the most recent rankings, our doctoral program was ranked 6th by the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2010. This ranking was based upon program faculty indices of productivity, funding, and visibility as well as student indices of graduate assistant support, student quality, employment, and admissions.

ECU's bioenergetics and exercise science program combines study in exercise science, kinesiology, biochemistry, and physiology culminating in a doctor of philosophy degree. In essence, the program investigates how energy produced and released by the metabolic process is harnessed to perform the cellular work and activities necessary to sustain life.

Students have the opportunity to utilize laboratory and research facilities of all participating disciplines. Bioenergetics and exercise science graduates address research questions at the level of the whole body to the gene using a variety of approaches and are trained for employment in health care, government, academic, research and service institutions.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science a student must present the following:

  • A grade point average of 2.7 or greater on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work or a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in either the undergraduate major work or work taken during the senior year.
  • At least one semester of undergraduate level organic chemistry from an accredited institution is required prior to beginning the Bioenergetics and Exercise Science PhD program. Formal course work that includes at least one semester of biochemistry is recommended, but is not required. Preference will be given to candidates with strong science backgrounds and evidence of research experience.
  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • A Statement of Purpose describing the applicant’s career goals and research interests which are consistent with the educational opportunities offered in the Bioenergetics and Exercise Science program.
  • Two letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic competence and potential for doctoral-level work.
  • For students whose first language is not English, a minimum acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Students will be expected to have a background needed to fulfill the prerequisites for the graduate courses required in the program. For the exercise science and physiology cores, prerequisites include a course in exercise physiology and a course in human physiology or general biology at either the graduate or undergraduate level. If these prerequisites as well as the organic chemistry 1 requirement have not been met, then admitted students will be required to take classes to address the deficiencies prior to attending core classes where this background knowledge is a prerequisite. The semester hours taken to remedy deficiencies will not be counted in the required semester hours for graduation.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Delivery Methods

This program is only offered in an on-campus, Face to Face format.

Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more about each of the following concentrations in Bioenergetics and the faculty mentors for those specific areas please fill free to e-mail them with any questions.