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Major in Exercise Science

Major in Exercise Science

This program provides a challenging educational experience for students who wish to pursue health/fitness careeers. The major provides hands on experience in the health/fitness industry tied to core academic preparation in the science of exercise and health. Students of exercise science will have the requisite coursework for graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, and Exercise Science. Graduates of an exercise science program may work in commercial fitness centers, health clubs, community centers, corporate wellness programs, and non profit health promotion organizations. They may lead group exercise sessions, personal training sessions, and create and manage programs and facilities. 

Majors will complete 4 pre-requisite courses, a core consisting of ten courses plus two electives spread out across their four years. All Majors are required to have Basic Life Support and First Aid Certifications by the end of the junior year. The suggested sequence is:

First Year

  • BIOL 113 General Biology (pre-req for BIOL 246)
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics or MATH 227: Biostatistical Design or MATH 229: Regression Models.   
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic (pre-req for BIOL 231)
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic (pre-req for BIOL 231)

Sophomore Year

  • BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 246 Foundations in Exercise and Health)
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • NUTR 112 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science

Junior Year

  • SNHS 361 Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • PSYC 232 Health Psychology
  • BIOL 332 Exercise Physiology
  • PHYS 110 Introduction to Physics I (pre-req for Biol 362)
  • CPR with AED Training at Heartsaver level (Health Care Provider level for DPT students)
  • First Aid Certification

Senior Year

  • BIOL 370 Internship (8 credits)
  • BIOL 362 Kinesiology
  • Exercise Science elective
  • Exercise Science elective

For Students in the Accelerated Physical Therapy program:

  • PT 602 and 603 Integrated Clinical Experience (2 credit) and PT 610 and 612/650 Research Methods and Applying Research to Practice (5 credit) are equivalent to 8 credits of internship
  • PT 625 Fundamentals of Movement Sciences I is equivalent to SHS 3XX Kinesiology
  • PHYS 111 is both a requirement for the PT program and is an elective from the Exercise Science list

Exercise Science electives:

  • BIOL 221 and 221L Microbiology and lab
  • PHYS 111 and 111L Intro Physics II and lab
  • SOCI 241 Health, Illness and Society
  • SOCI 345 Health Care Systems and Policy
  • (SOCI 245 prereq.)
  • SOCI 266 Sociology of Sports
  • NUTR 110 Sociocultural Implications Nutrition
  • NUTR 215 Sports Nutrition
  • CHEM 223 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • NUTR 311 Nutrient Metabolism (CHEM 223 prereq.)
  • MCPHS BEH405A Mind-Body Medicine