Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

BS in Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science offers two concentration options:  exercise physiology or health fitness.

Exercise physiologists utilize science and research methodologies to study the effects of exercise on health and human perfomance.  Exercise physiology students learn how to recognize and evaluate cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic functions in diseased and healthy populations to maintain and enhance physical fitness, health, and quality of life.

Health fitness professionals plan, implement, and evaluate health fitness and health promotion programs for individuals and groups. Students concentrating in health fitness learn to integrate scientific research, education, and practical applications of exercise science to maintain and enhance physical fitness, health, and quality of life.  The health fitness concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Change of Major

Students enrolled in other USM programs of study desiring to enroll in the Exercise Science major through the change of major process must have a 2.50 USM GPA to do so.

Retention and Progression Requirements

Students will be retained within the Exercise Science major providing the following criteria are maintained throughout their undergraduate experience:

  • Sign the published "technical standards" for the exercise science major. Technical standards will be addressed and completed during SPM 260.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C- in required courses.
  • Present proof of current American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer Certification, or its equivalent, prior to enrolling in the following courses:  SPM 385 and/or SPM 395, and SPM 495.
  • Present proof of health insurance coverage equal to or better than the USM Student Health Insurance Plan (basic) prior to enrolling in the following courses: SPM 385 and/or SPM 395. Documentation should include a copy of a current health insurance card with the name of an insurance carrier, policy number, etc.
Probation

Students with less than 60 accumulated credits will be placed on academic probation for failure to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students failing to rectify the GPA deficiency within a one-year probation period will be removed from their declared major and from their status as a student within the Department. Upon rectifying the GPA deficiency, students can reapply for admission into a Departmental major.

Graduation Requirements

Students will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science when the following are satisfied:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Completion of all University Core curriculum requirements.
  • Completion of all Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences Core required coursework with a minimum grade of C-.
  • Completion of all exercise physiology concentration or health fitness concentration coursework with a minimum grade of C-.
  • Completion of 120 credits.
Degree Requirements

The bachelor of science in exercise science consists of 120 credit hours, which includes the University Core Courses, EHSS Required Core Courses, Exercise Physiology Concentration or Health Fitness Concentration Courses, and Approved Electives if needed to complete the 120-minimum credit requirement.

University Core CoursesCr (43-46)
     EYE (entry-year experience)-EYE 125 Getting Down to Business is recommended for students in the health fitness concentration.3
     College Writing3 or 4
     Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 120 or PSY 105)3 or 4
     Science Exploration (PHY 101/102 or PHY 111/114)4 or 5
     Creative Expression-THE 170 Public Speaking is recommended for students in the health fitness concentration.3
     Cultural Interpretation3
     Socio-cultural Analysis3
     Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship3
     Thematic Cluster3
     Thematic Cluster3
     Thematic Cluster3
     Capstone (SPM 495)3
     International3
     Diversity3
  
EHSS Required Core CoursesCr (42)
     CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences3
          or CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry 
     PHY 101/102 Introduction to Physics and Lab(4 or 5)
          or PHY 111/114 Elements of Physics I and Lab (credits included in Core Science Exploration requirement) 
     MAT 120 Intro to Statistics or PSY 105 Statistics in Psychology (credits included in Core Quantitative Reasoning requirement)(3 or 4)
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
     BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Phys I1.5
     BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
     BIO 212 Practical Human Anatomy and Phys II1.5
     CON 216 Emergency Response3
     CON 252 Human Nutrition3
     CON 352 Nutrition for Physical Performance3
     SPM 100 Introduction to Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences3
     SPM 260 Introduction to Personal Training3
     SPM 325 Methods of Resistance Training and Conditioning3
     SPM 330 Physiology of Exercise3
     SPM 381 Kinesiology3
     SPM 430 Exercise Testing, Assessment and Prescription3
     SPM 450 Exercise for Special Populations3
Exercise Physiology ConcentrationCr (30)
     CON 302 Pharmacology3
          or SPM 302 Pharmacology for Athletic Training and Exercise Science 
     BIO 345 Pathophysiology3
     SPM 235 Lab Techniques in Nutrition and Exercise3
     SPM 385 Practicum I or SPM 395 Practicum II3
     SPM 431 Advanced Exercise Physiology3
     SPM 460 EKG Interpretation3
     SPM 485 Senior Thesis I3
     SPM 486 Senior Thesis II3
     SPM 495 Clinical Internship/Co-op6*
          *plus 3 credits included in Core Capstone requirement 
 
 
Health Fitness Concentration
Cr (24-27)

     

BUS 200 Introduction to Business
or BUS 260 Marketing or *EYE 125 Getting Down to Business (credits included in Core EYE requirement)

3
     SPM 230 Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport3
     SPM 315 Group Exercise Instruction3
     SPM 350 Health Promotion Programs3
     SPM 385 Health Fitness Practicum I3
     SPM 395 Health Fitness Practicum II3
     SPM 481 Fitness Facility Management3
     SPM 495 Clinical Internship/Co-op6*
          *plus 3 credits included in Core Capstone requirement 
 
Approved Electives 
Consult with your advisor to determine if exercise science electives are needed to complete the120-credit minimum graduation requirement.
 for exercise physiology concentration:
 SPM 315 Group Exercise Instruction - 3 cr.
 SPM 398 Independent Study - 1-3 cr.
 CON 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness - 3 cr.
Students wishing to pursue a Biology minor, should consult with the Department of Biological Sciences.
Students wishing to pursue a Chemistry minor, should consult with the Chemistry Department.
for health fitness concentration:
SPM 235 Lab Techniques In Nutrition and Exercise - 3 cr.
SPM 302 Pharmacology for Athletic Training and Exercise Science - 3 cr.
SPM 398 Independent Study - 1-3 cr.
SPM 431 Advanced Exercise Physiology - 3 cr.
SPM 450 EKG Interpretation - 3 cr.
SPM 485 Senior Thesis I - 3 cr.
SPM 486 Senior Thesis II - 3 cr.
CON 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness - 3 cr.
Students wishing to pursue a Holistic and Integrative Health minor, should consult with the School of Nursing.
Students wishing to pursue a Business Administration minor, should consult with the School of Business.

Other courses may be taken per advisor permission.

In addition to the requirements established for admission to the University, the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences requires applicants to have successfully completed high school chemistry and biology with labs.

Students enrolled in other USM programs of study desiring to enroll in athletic training through the change of major process, must have a 2.50 USM GPA to do so.

Students cannot double major within department offerings.

Faculty Research

In this video highlighting faculty research at USM, Dr. Christopher Scott discusses his research regarding consumption of oxygen during exercise.

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