What is Human Bioenergetics?
Human Bioenergetics is the multidisciplinary study of how energy is transferred in cells, tissues, and organisms. The manner in which the body regulates energy transfer pathways and processes has a fundamental influence on health. These processes convert food into energy and relate directly to human health across the lifespan and the spectrum of functional capacities from chronic disease to elite athletic performance.
Get Involved Doctoral Research in Bioenergetics
A majority of your doctoral work is spent investigating aspects of human bioenergetics in a research setting. Our faculty are involved in a number of bioenergetics research areas. Find a lab that fits your specific research interests, and reach out to see how you can become part of the team.
CSU Course Catalog Doctoral Bioenergetics Program
The doctoral program in Human Bioenergetics is highlighted by a common core of classes, a significant number of elective classes in specialized cognate areas, grant writing, and extensive research experience.
Human Bioenergetics Ph.D. Program Application Process
How to Apply
To apply to the doctoral program in Human Bioenergetics in the Department of Health and Exercise Science:
- Complete the online application from the Graduate School (official transcripts for all degrees and the application fee will be required);
- Submit a letter* of application to the Department of Health and Exercise Science to include a statement of career goals and research interests (Attach your curriculum vita and any supporting documents such as thesis and/or publications); and
- Submit three letters of recommendation from former/current professors.
- Acquire the Health and Exercise graduate faculty adviser support letter detailing the faculty adviser’s support of the application and the financial support plan.
*Note: in your letter, indicate the faculty member with whom you have interviewed as your potential adviser.
Decision on Admission
The final decision on admission into the doctoral program is made by the Doctoral Admissions Committee consisting of the departmental Graduate Program Director, two departmental graduate faculty members (excluding the proposed faculty mentor of the applicant under consideration), and the Department Head (ex officio). The potential faculty mentor makes the specific recommendation for admission of an applicant to the Doctoral Admissions Committee documenting the acceptability of the applicant for admission and providing the plan for the commitment of resources and support for the applicant’s training. The Doctoral Admissions Committee then makes the final decision based on the potential faculty mentor’s recommendation, a review of the applicant’s credentials, and overall programmatic concerns. The final decision as to acceptance or denial is formalized in the letter to the applicant.
Admission to the Human Bioenergetics Ph.D. program is flexible; no hard deadlines are in place, but planning (and applying) well in advance of any planned semester start date is in your best interests. Planning on a mid-spring application and admission decision for a fall start and a mid-fall application and admission decision for a spring start is wise.
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Health and Exercise Science
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