Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2
- 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.
Faculty & Staff
Professor, High Altitude Exercise Physiology Director
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 224
Professor of Exercise & Sport Science
Office Location: High Altitude Performance Lab 171
Professor of Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238C
Ferchau Lecturer in Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 225
HAEP 3+2 students earn their bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science or Biology and master’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology in just five years. Early exposure to novel 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. By the graduate portion of the program, students pursue the research topics of their choice, publish in scientific journals and work closely with real patients.
- 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: Designed for students 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 prepares students for careers in performance, academia, research or clinical practice, as well as further study in the discipline of exercise science.
Reach out to Christina Buchanan, Ph.D. for more information.