Exercise science is a growing field that scientifically addresses issues of health and fitness as well as human performance. The exercise science major provides students with a solid educational base in the biomedical sciences along with a core curriculum in exercise physiology, fitness, and kinesiology. The major offers two tracks – athletic and clinical – providing students with career driven course selection to develop the skill set needed for professional practice. The clinical track is for students interested in helping people recover from the unhealthy effects of a sedentary lifestyle and the athletic track focuses on training athletes to extend and expand their capacity to perform.
The clinical track is for students interested in utilizing exercise as a therapeutic modality. Clinical exercise medicine is an emerging field that is poised to grow as the population ages. This field is designed for students who wish to become the newest practitioners in health care, providing exercise programming as an integrated medical service. Clinical exercise physiologists perform fitness assessments, design exercise prescriptions, and implement therapeutic exercise programs for health promotion.
The athletic track is for students who want to raise the bar of performance for athletes at all levels. Courses utilize a scientific approach to athletic conditioning, allowing students to learn how to better train and maintain athletes. Skilled strength and conditioning specialists are in demand at all sports levels and the prevalence of private sector training facilities has never been higher. Students intent on a career training athletes will be well prepared to advise and guide athletic performers.
Students who complete the athletic track are prepared to achieve professional certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). The CSCS is a highly respected and sought after credential in the field of strength conditioning. Students completing the clinical track are well prepared to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist exam. This certification validates the knowledge, skills and abilities of fitness and exercise practitioners.
Exercise science, BS degree, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|BIOL-101||General Biology I||3|
|BIOL-103||General Biology I Lab||1|
|BIOL-102||General Biology II||3|
|BIOL-104||General Biology II Lab||1|
|CHMG-141||LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I||3|
|CHMG-145||General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab||1|
|CHMG-142||LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II||3|
|CHMG-146||General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab||1|
|EXSC-101||Seminar in Exercise Science||1|
|MATH-161||LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Applied Calculus||4|
|EXSC-150||Introduction to Exercise Science||3|
|LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)||3|
|First Year Writing||3|
|First Year LAS Elective||3|
|MEDS-250||Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab||4|
|MEDS-251||Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab||4|
|PHYS-111||College Physics I||4|
|PHYS-112||College Physics II||4|
|STAT-145||LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics||3|
|BIOL-201||Cellular and Molecular Biology||4|
|EXSC-210||Human Motor Behavior||3|
|LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)||3|
|LAS Perspective 3 (global)||3|
|EXSC-550||Exercise Physiology and Lab||4|
|EXSC-410||Kinesiology and Lab||4|
|EXSC-420||Biomechanics and Lab||4|
|EXSC-490||Exercise Science Research (WI)||3|
|LAS Perspective 4 (social)||3|
|LAS Immersion 1||3|
|EXSC-270||Group Exercise Design||3|
|EXSC-360||Worksite Health Promotion||3|
|EXSC-320||Coaching Healthy Behavior||3|
|LAS Immersion 2, 3||6|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||122|
Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.
Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations
- 3 years of math is required. Pre-calculus is recommended
Biology and Chemistry required
Transfer course recommendations without associate degree
Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math
Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer
AS degree in liberal arts with science option