2020-21 Catalogs

BS in Exercise Science

The exercise science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Exercise science students utilize science, research methodologies, and practical application to study effects of exercise on health and human performance. They also learn how to recognize and evaluate cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic functions and plan and implement programs for diseased and healthy populations to maintain and enhance physical fitness, health, and quality of life.

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 all required courses. Students receiving a grade lower than C- in a required course will not be allowed to sequence into post-requisite coursework until the prerequisite deficiency has been rectified.
  • 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 or SPM 395, and SPM 495.


Students 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 probationary 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 B.S. in exercise science when the following requirements are satisfied:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Completion of all University Core Curriculum requirements.
  • Completion of all exercise, health, and sport science core required coursework with minimum grades of C-.
  • Completion of all exercise science major coursework with minimum grades of C-.
  • Completion of 120 credits.

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in exercise science consists of 120 credit hours: University Core Curriculum courses; exercise, health and sports sciences required core courses; exercise science major required courses, and exercise science approved electives if needed to complete the 120-minimum credit requirement.

University Core Courses (40-42 credits)
EYE (Entry-Year Experience) (3 cr)
College Writing (3 cr)
Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics or PSY 201 Statistics in Psychology) (3-4 cr)
Science Exploration (PHY 101/102 Introduction to Physics and Lab or PHY 111/114 Elements of Physics I and Introductory Physics Laboratory I) (4-5 cr)
Creative Expression (3 cr)
Cultural Interpretation (3 cr)
Socio-cultural Analysis (3 cr)
Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship (3 cr)
Core Electives (9 cr)
Engaged Learning (3 cr)
International (3 cr)
Diversity (3 cr)

Exercise, Health, and Sports Science Required Core Courses (42 credits)
BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr)
BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology I (1.5 cr)
BIO 113 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr)
BIO 114 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology II (1.5 cr)
CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences or CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr)
CON 252 Human Nutrition (3 cr)
SPM 100 Introduction to Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences (required for majors with 60 credits or less) (3 cr)
SPM 216 Emergency Medical Response (3 cr)
SPM 219 or REC 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness (3 cr)
SPM 230 Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport (3 cr)
SPM 325 Methods of Resistance Training and Conditioning (3 cr)
SPM 330 Physiology of Exercise (3 cr)
SPM 352 Nutrition for Physical Performance (3 cr)
SPM 381 Kinesiology (3 cr)
SPM 430 Exercise Testing, Assessment and Prescription (3 cr)

Exercise Science Required Courses (33 credits)
SCI 140 Medical Terminology (3 cr)
SPM 260 Introduction to Personal Training (3 cr)
SPM 350 Health Promotion Programs (3 cr)
SPM 390 Biomechanics (3 cr)
SPM 431 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 cr)
SPM 450 Exercise for Special Populations (3 cr)
SPM 485 Senior Thesis I (3 cr)
SPM 486 Senior Thesis II (optional: 3 cr)
SPM 495 Clinical Internship/Co-op (9-12 cr)

Exercise Science Approved Electives

Students should consult with their advisor to determine if exercise science electives are needed to complete the 120-credit minimum graduation requirement. Elective courses require advisor approval.

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 Department of Chemistry.

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.