Exercise Science Major
This major is designed for students interested in the fitness and exercise science professions. Examples of professions in the fitness and exercise science field include: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, physical medicine clinics, research, public and private industry wellness programs, worksite health promotion, recreation center wellness, strength and conditioning, and personal training for general and special populations.
Students who are interested in careers in exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or as a physician's assistant will find that the exercise science curriculum provides a solid foundation and includes many required prerequisites for those programs.
Exercise Science students must satisfy the General Studies, Multicultural, Global Diversity, and major requirements described below. A grade of "C" or better is required for all major courses and any associated prerequisite courses to count toward the Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science.
Students must have at least a major GPA of 2.75 and completed all Exercise Science major courses to be eligible for an internship.
The department recommends that students take HPS 2060 - Emergency Rescue/First Responder & CPR or be able to verify an equivalent certification.
Students that are pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science (ES) are encouraged to complete a professional certification prior to graduation. The certification must come from an NCCA Accredited certifying body and be complimentary to the students career goals. Two suggested certifications are: 1) American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Exercise Physiologist and 2) National Strength and Conditioning Associations - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. The ES curriculum is designed to prepare students for those certifications.