Apr 16, 2024  
2021-2023 University Catalog 
2021-2023 University Catalog

Exercise Science, BS (CIP 31.0505)

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Students will demonstrate basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences. 
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the importance and influence of physical activity, kinesiology, injury care and prevention, nutrition and exercise on health.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 

Degree Totals

 Major Requirements 68  
University GEP  

Total Degree Hours: 122

General Education Program Requirements 42 Credit Hours

University GEP Core Requirements: Minimum of forty-two (42) 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, COMM 201) and Mathematics (MATH 131).  Students that have course requirements waived must satisfy the MINIMUM required hours of 120 in order to graduate.



First and Second-Year Experience - 4 credits

Freshmen are required to complete the First Year and Second Year Experience classes.

Communication Skills - 9 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, ENGL 132, COMM 201. Some students will be required to take ENGL 150 and LIS 150.

Spiritual Development - 3 credits

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 - 4 credits

Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote physical, mental, emotional, social well-being.

STEM - 7 credits

Science - 4 credits

Student must take one science course with lab (3 credit + 1 credit) = 4 credits required.

Note that STEM majors will take BIOL 133 + Lab and CHEM 141 + Lab.

Mathematics - 3 credits

Students are required to take three credit hours of mathematics (MATH 131 or higher). 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.  

Social Science - 3 credits

History - 3 credits

Fine Arts - 3 credits

Any 100/200 level course from the following subjects:

  • ART
  • FIM
  • MUS or 
  • THE

Behavioral Science - 3 credits

Any 100/200 level PSYCH, SOC or CJ course 

World Languages - 3 credits

FL _ 131 or higher (3)

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