Exercise Science (BS)


Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

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This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Biological Sciences Department.

Program Description

The bachelor of science (BS) in exercise science provides an excellent academic foundation for students choosing to pursue graduate and professional degrees in a wide array of health careers, such as exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine, and athletic training. Because these fields require post-baccalaureate degrees, students will need to take additional prerequisites that apply to their field of interest. Students who choose not to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree can pursue a career as a personal trainer, wellness coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, or in corporate wellness.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the exercise science program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of human movement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective analysis of kinesiology concepts.
  • Demonstrate skill in applied kinesiology, in the effective use of problem-solving techniques, and in intelligent decision-making skills in clinical settings.
  • Demonstrate tolerance and understanding of diverse populations, responsible citizenship, a professional attitude, and ethical behavior.

 Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 71 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Students must complete all courses in the major with a grade of C- or better.


The 71 credit hours required for the exercise science major include the following:

  • BIOL 1550/1551 Essentials of Biology I (5 hours)
  • BIOL 3150 Nutrition (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3010/3011 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3020/3021 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 hours)
  • BIOL 4400 Research Methods (3 hours)
  • BIOL 4430 Senior Thesis for BS (4 hours)
  • HLSC 1582 Strength and Conditioning I (1 hours)
  • HLSC 1583 Strength and Conditioning II (1 hours)
  • EXSC 1318 Careers in Exercise Science (1 hour)
  • EXSC 1400 Foundations of Exercise Science (3 hours)
  • EXSC 2356 Principles of Athletic Training (3 hours)
  • EXSC 3050 Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
  • EXSC 3250/3251 Exercise Kinesiology (4 hours)
  • EXSC 4680/4681 Exercise Testing and Prescription (4 hours)
  • EXSC 4683 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations (3 hours)
  • EXSC 4875 Exercise Science Internship (3 hours)
  • CHEM 1100/1101 General Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • CHEM 1110/1111 General Chemistry II (4 hours)
  • PHYS 1710/1711 College Physics I (4 hours)
  • PHYS 1720/1721College Physics II (4 hours)
  • PSYC 2300 Developmental Psychology Across a Lifespan (3 hours)
  • STAT 3100 Statistics (3 hours)