The Exercise Science Program is dedicated to preparing competent entry-level professionals in the field of Exercise Science to enter the professional workforce and graduate level programs. The program meets this mission by preparing students to be change agents in the 21st century into improve health, fitness, and wellness in the community, city, state, nation, and international realm. The Exercise Science program will teach students to integrate healthy lifestyle activities into personal and group activities to develop a culture of health, fitness, and wellness. The academic rigor of the program will enable students to develop an understanding of exercise programming, individual and group exercise participation, healthy lifestyle and behavior, while integrating the use of their knowledge, skills, and abilities in exercise science. The students will develop their competencies in Exercise Science to pursue entry-level jobs and graduate level programs in exercise physiology and/or allied health.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the principles of biology, chemistry, and nutrition, and an advanced understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise.
- Students will demonstrate basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the importance and influence of physical activity, kinesiology, injury care and prevention, nutrition and exercise on health.
- Students will be able to plan, administer, and evaluate wellness and fitness programs, nutrition projects, and exercise physiology tracks based in sport, clinical, industrial, and/or corporate environments.
- Students will demonstrate requisite skills and abilities for meaningful employment in exercise science related areas or pursue graduate studies in an exercise science related area.
The following requirements must be met in order to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science:
The following outline of courses details requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Meeting graduation requirements is the responsibility of the student. Refer to the catalog for curricular specifics and a complete listing of required and elective courses and descriptions.
Plan of Study
The Plan of Study includes Major Requirements (Core Requirements, Supporting Courses, and Electives) and the University General Education Program Requirements.
Major Requirements (68)
Major Requirements include Major Core Requirements, Supporting Courses, Electives. Students must earn a “C” or higher in ALL courses in the major.
Electives (If applicable)
General Education Program Requirements 52 - 58 Credit Hours
University GEP Core Requirements: Minimum of fifty-two (52) hours is required. Students who enter as a first-time freshman must take an entrance assessment. A minimum grade of “C” is required in English (ENGL 131, ENGL 132, ENGL 150, LIS 150) and Mathematics (MATH 131 & MATH 132). Students that have course requirements waived must satisfy the MINIMUM required hours of 120 in order to graduate.
First Year Experience - 4 credits
Freshmen are required to complete the First Year Experience classes in their first two semesters.
Communication 12 - 18 credits
Written and Oral Communication Definition:
Written and Oral Communications is the ability to impart and interchange information of ideas within a meaningful context using various rhetorical modes such as descriptive, informative, analytical and argumentative writing.
All students are required to take ENGL 131 or ENGL 131L, ENGL 132, COMM 201, and one foreign language at the 132 level or higher. Some students will be required to take ENGL 150 and LIS 150.
Spiritual Development - 3 credit
Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Spiritual development is the ability to understand diverse religions and to develop positive spiritual growth.
Health and Wellness - 5 credits
Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote physical, mental, emotional, social well-being.
STEM Literacy 13-15 credits
Science - 4 credits
Student must take one course with lab = 4 credits required.
Note that STEM majors will take BIOL 133 + Lab and CHEM 141 + Lab.
Mathematics 6-8 credits
Students are required to take at least six credit hours of mathematics. Note 1: STEM majors are required to take MATH 135 and MATH 231. Note 2: Accounting and Business majors are required to take MATH 135 and either MATH 224 or MATH 231. All other majors can satisfy mathematics requirements by taking MATH 131 and MATH 132 or MATH 174.
Humanities - 9 credits
Choose one History course (3) and two Fine Art courses from different disciplines (i.e., ART and FIM).
Social and Behavioral Sciences - 6 credits
Student must take: