M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2

Bachelor of Science, Master of Science

Degree Type

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Department

Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science (RESS) Department

Exercise physiologists, cardiac rehabilitation therapists, strength coaches and rehabilitation specialists all have the power to positively influence the quality of people’s lives. With the demand in sport science specialists expected to grow 13% through 2024, you’ll be well-prepared to pursue a secure and meaningful career.

Program Overview

Gain the experience, training and confidence to excel.

As an HAEP 3+2 student, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science or Biology and Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology in just five years. Early exposure to cutting-edge research through the High Altitude Performance Laboratory (HAP Lab)—7,717 feet above sea level—will enable you to gain career-ready skills normally found only in graduate school. In fact, you can start building your resume by shadowing practicing clinicians or becoming a research assistant within the Exercise and Sport Science Department. By the graduate portion of the program, you’ll pursue research topics of your choice, publish in scientific journals and work closely with real clients and subjects.

Real-world experience

In the graduate portion of the M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science program, students pursue the research topics of their choice, publish in scientific journals and work closely with real clients and subjects.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ESS 600 Advanced Statistics 3 View
ESS 601 Quantitative Research Methods 3 View
ESS 605 Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation-Lab 3 View
ESS 606 Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation-Field 3 View
ESS 640 Environmental Exercise Physiology I 3 View
ESS 641 Environmental Physiology II 3 View
ESS 650 Thesis Proposal Development 3 View
ESS 675 Clinical Exercise Programming-Lab 3 View
ESS 685 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3 View
ESS 695 Thesis 6 View
ESS 698 Practicum/ Intership 1-6 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

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Degree Details

Graduate in just 5 years with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

  • B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology: A comprehensive major grounded in the natural sciences with a heightened focus on exercise science and working with clinical populations and athletes.
  • B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Health Sciences: If you’re interested in becoming occupational therapists, physician assistants and cardiac rehab therapists.
  • M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology: A graduate degree that will prepare you for a career in performance, academia, research or clinical practice, as well as further study in the discipline of exercise science.

Wellness Elevated

Wellness Elevated is a partnership between the Department of Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science (ESS) and the medical community of the Gunnison Valley. It provides an evidence-based, supervised exercise programs for people living with clinical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, Parkinson’s Disease and many others.

Get Involved

Make your education a life changing experience.

A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • Wellness Elevated: Work with clinical populations and their exercise programming for a semester or more.
  • Assistantships: Gunnison Valley Health collaborates with the HAEP program to set up five full tuition research assistantship positions with the rehabilitation department.
  • Shadowing: Opportunities to shadow practicing clinicians exist both locally and throughout the United States.
  • Research Funding: Apply for research stipends from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) that range in the thousands of dollars. All projects are published in ACE’s ProSource magazine and submitted to various journals.
  • Paid Positions: At the end of their fourth year, students can apply to be a paid trainer in our Wellness Elevated program, where they perform fitness assessments, write exercise prescriptions and train clients.

High Altitude Performance Laboratory

Early exposure to cutting-edge research through the High Altitude Performance Laboratory (HAP Lab)—7,717 feet above sea level—enables students to gain career-ready skills normally found only in graduate school.

Additional Resources

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid – HAEP 3+2 For the first three years, students in the HAEP 3+2 program pay undergraduate tuition and are eligible for undergraduate financial aid. The fourth year, students …

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How It Works – HAEP 3+2

How It Works – HAEP 3+2 Students apply to Western as traditional undergraduate students and choose an Exercise & Sport Science major with a Clinical Exercise Physiology emphasis or a Biology …

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Department Chairperson

Lance Dalleck, Ph.D.

Professor of Exercise & Sport Science

Administrative Assistant

Terri Stinson

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.7129

970.943.7125

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Paul Wright Gym 209
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231