Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (BS)

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This major has three options and is designed for those students who are not interested in teaching but are interested in fitness, wellness or clinical positions; or a graduate program in occupational therapy, physical therapy or exercise physiology. Students must complete two quarters of the appropriate science courses with required grades before they can declare Exercise Science and be admitted into the program. Everyone must complete the first appropriate CHEM course for their option. For the Pre-PT option they must complete CHEM 151 (or the equivalent) with a grade ≥3.0, for the Pre-OT option they must complete CHEM 161 (or the equivalent) with a grade ≥3.0, and for Exercise Science they must complete CHEM 161 (or the equivalent) with a grade ≥2.0. The second science course can be the second chemistry course in the sequence (same grade requirements), Anatomy and Physiology (≥3.0 for Pre-PT and Pre-OT, or ≥2.0 for Exercise Science), or Physics for Pre-PT (≥3.0). Graduates are prepared to work in various settings as managers of fitness programs. The options include but are not limited to corporate fitness, commercial fitness clubs, a YMCA, or other non-commercial program, retirement centers or hospital rehabilitation programs in cardiac rehabilitation, respiratory therapy and diabetes support. The program prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in professional programs in occupational and physical therapy or chiropractic as well as advanced degrees in exercise physiology, biomechanics or cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness. The program and course work prepares students to pursue certifications from organizations including ACSM, NASM, NSCA and ACE. These certifications are widely accepted in the fitness industry.

Note: For all students completion of any one of the three options as shown will not guarantee completion of 60 credits of upper division credits so all three will require additional courses to complete the general education requirement. Students should work with their advisor to select appropriate courses or minor.

Required Core Courses–a minimum GPA ≥2.5 is required for each required course listed below.
EXSC 301INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE1
EXSC 455RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS2
EXSC 460PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE4
EXSC 480CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY3
EXSC 490SENIOR CAPSTONE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE4
HLED 193STANDARD FIRST AID AND SAFETY2
HLED 372APPLIED NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL FITNESS3
PHED 349ANATOMICAL KINESIOLOGY4
PHED 350PHYSIOLOGICAL KINESIOLOGY4
PHED 352MECHANICAL KINESIOLOGY4
Required Supporting Courses–for Pre-PT and Pre-OT, a minimum GPA ≥3.0 is required for each course listed below. The minimum GPA for Exercise Science ≥2.0 for each required course listed below.
CSBS 320INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5
BIOL 232HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
BIOL 233HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
BIOL 234HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
Choose two of the following–a minimum GPA ≥2.5 is required for each required course listed below.5-6
ELECTROCARDIOLOGY INTERPRET
GROUP EXERCISE /PERSONAL TRAINING
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROLAB
Communications Elective-choose one course from the following–a minimum GPA ≥2.0 is required for each required course listed below.4-5
BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
INTERVIEWING
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
Major Options—choose one of the three options to complete the BS.30-43
Exercise Science–Required Courses
PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP (must complete 15 credits–a minimum GPA ≥2.5 is required)
Required Supporting Courses–a minimum GPA ≥2.0 is required for each required course listed below.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
BIOCHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
Pre–Physical Therapy–Required Courses
EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM (a minimum GPA ≥2.5 is required)
Required Supporting Courses–a minimum GPA ≥3.0 is required for each course listed below.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS III
MECHANICS LABORATORY
HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY
INSTRUMENTATION LAB I
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Pre–Occupational Therapy–Required Courses
EXERCISE SCIENCE PRACTICUM (a minimum GPA ≥2.5 is required)
Required Supporting Courses–a minimum GPA ≥3.0 is required for each course listed below.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
BIOCHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Choose one of the following
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
ADULT DEVELOPMENT
Total Credits90-105

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate competency in foundational skills of reading, writing, arithmetic, speaking and listening and thinking skills demonstrating the ability to learn, to reason, to think creatively, to make decisions and to solve problems;
  • be prepared for appropriate certification exams in the industry;
  • demonstrate competency in fitness testing of the relatively healthy population in all components of fitness-cardiovascular, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition.