Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior - NPB

Exercise Biology Major

Important Notice:

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Exercise Biology (EXB) major will be an impacted major. After June 24th 2015, the EXB major will be permanently closed to any new students, including any change of majors.

Qualified UC Davis students (see below for requirements) have from the first day of Fall instruction 2014 until June 24, 2015 to initiate the change of major process, and not thereafter.

To change into the EXB major from within the University ('internal transfers') the following is required:

  • Completion of BIS 2A, 2B and 2C + CHEM 2A and 2B with a GPA of 2.5 or better in those courses AND a grade of B- or better in NPB 101.
  • All of these courses (BIS 2A, 2B, 2C, CHE 2A, 2B, NPB 101) must be taken for a grade and NOT P/NP and not S/U.

About EXB

In 1958, the Exercise Biology program began as an academic major in Physical Education in the Physical Education Department. An addition to Hickey Gym completed in 1964 included a research and teaching laboratory complex, the Human Performance Laboratory, the first such space designed for the purposes of conducting research in physical education and exercise science in the UC system. The laboratory's academic focus and technical development were predominantly in the areas of exercise physiology and biomechanics, with some work in the newly developing area of sport psychology. The research emphasis was on humans rather than the animal models commonly utilized in most other research labs on the Davis campus.

In 1988 with the introduction of a B.S. degree and academic tracks in physiology, biomechanics and clinical exercise. This eventually led to a change in the name of the department and major to Exercise Science. In 1999, the Exercise Science academic program was separated from the Physical Education activity program, which eventually became a part of the Division of Social Sciences. The Exercise Science major was reorganized into a form consistent with other majors in the Division of Biological Sciences (DBS), now the College of Biological Sciences (CBS). In 2000 the program was officially transferred to DBS, with the revised major renamed Exercise Biology. In 2005 the Exercise Biology program and associated faculty were merged into the Section of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior in CBS.

Student Learning Objectives for EXB:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of organisms and their diversity at the level of molecules, cells, systems, and communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how physical activity levels impact human form and function, from physiological, biomechanical and behavioral perspectives.
  • Address scientific questions using quantitative approaches and critical reasoning, including developing hypotheses, analyzing data, and interpreting results.
  • Critically evaluate scientific information from a wide variety of sources.
  • Communicate scientific data and concepts orally and in writing.
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