Exercise & Sport Science (3+2)

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  • Assistantships: Gunnison Valley Health collaborates with the HAEP program to set up four full tuition research assistantship positions with the rehabilitation department.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

Faculty & Staff


B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology: A comprehensive major grounded in the natural sciences, which is designed to prepare students for HAEP coursework and fieldwork.

M.S. in 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.

How it Works

Clinical Exercise Physiology (with HAEP 3+2) is an official emphasis within the Exercise & Sport Science major. For the first three years, students take courses to fulfill their bachelor’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology while completing the requirements to become provisionally admitted to the HAEP program. During their fourth year, students take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses. At the end of that year, they earn their B.S. and are considered fully admitted to the HAEP master’s program. During their fifth and final year, students complete their graduate-level coursework and a thesis project. The thesis consists of an original research project, designed, implemented and presented by the student and their thesis advisors.

Tuition & Aid

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 take a combination of graduate credits and undergraduate credits, maintaining their access to undergraduate financial aid as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In the final year, students pay graduate tuition. Altogether, this reduces the cost of a normal master’s degree by about one year of what a traditional program would cost. Furthermore, HAEP tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Learn More

Reach out to Christina Buchanan, Ph.D. for more information.