Aug 17, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science Major, B.S.


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 academic 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.

General Studies


Written Communication: 6 credits


See the General Studies section of this catalog for approved courses.

Oral Communication: 3 credits


See the General Studies section of this catalog for approved courses.

Quantitative Literacy: 3 credits


See the General Studies section of this catalog for approved courses.

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits


See the General Studies section of this catalog for approved courses.**

Historical: 3 credits


See the General Studies section of this catalog for approved courses.

Natural and Physical Sciences: 8 credits


Social and Behavioral Sciences I: 3 credits


See the General Studies section of this catalog for approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences II: 3 credits


Global Diversity: 0 or 3 credits


See the General Studies section of this catalog for approved courses.*

 

*Students may satisfy the Global Diversity requirement by completing any course designated as Global Diversity within one of the Arts and Humanities, Historical, Natural and Physical Sciences, or Social and Behavioral Sciences General Studies course categories. Students may also use an unrestricted elective to satisfy this requirement. (See General Studies Requirements)

General Studies Total: minimum of 35-38 credits


Multicultural: 3 credits


See the Multicultural section of this catalog for approved courses.**

 

**Students must fulfill the Multicultural Requirement by completing any course designated as Multicultural within one of the Arts and Humanities, Historical, or Social and Behavioral Sciences General Studies course categories. Students may also use an unrestricted elective to satisfy this requirement. (See General Studies Requirements)

Total: 53 credits


Minor


Students are required to complete a minor approved by an Exercise Science program advisor.

Total: 18 credits minimum


Suggested Electives


HPS 2060 - Emergency Rescue/First Responder & CPR Credits: 3  

See advisor for additional approved electives Credits: 9

Total: 11 credits


Summary of minimum required Credits for the Exercise Science major


General Studies Requirement 35 credits
Multicultural Requirement* 3 credits
Global Diversity Requirement** 0-3 credits
Exercise Science Courses 53 credits
Approved Minor minimum of 18 credits
Suggested Electives
11 credits
Total for Exercise Science degree program 120 credits

 

Notes:


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.