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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

Exercise Science, B.S.

The Exercise Science major offers preparation for employment as Exercise Science practitioners in business and industry, healthcare agencies, hospitals, physical fitness centers, sport medicine clinics, sports performance centers, and colleges/universities or any other setting which utilizes exercise and physical activity to promote healthy active lifestyles and outcomes. 

The courses in this major prepare the student to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam.  The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 

Students also have the option to complete 15-16 credit hours of coursework in a specific concentration of study.  The concentrations are designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue more extensive study in exercise science context most relevant to their professional and social goals.  Two concentrations of study are offered:  (1) Aquatics Leadership  and (2) Strength and Conditioning .


The Pre-Kinesiology major is the classification that indicates students are in a preparatory program for the Exercise Science major. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants who satisfy freshman or transfer requirements for admission to the University are eligible for admission to the Pre-Kinesiology major.  All students entering the University will be required to complete the General Education requirements of the University.  A suggested sequence of courses for Pre-Kinesiology students that meet these General Education requirements, as well as the prerequisites for Exercise Science, can be found online at kinesiology.uncc.edu.

Course Requirements

Students who apply for the Exercise Science major are initially classified as Pre-Kinesiology majors (PKNS) until they meet the following requirements: 

Other Requirements

All Pre-Kinesiology majors are subject to a Conduct Check facilitated by the Dean of Students Office.  The results of the Conduct Check may impact acceptance into the Exercise Science program.

Admission Requirements

Minimum criteria for application to the Exercise Science major are:

  • A GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Completion of other required prerequisite courses
  • Completion of Foundation Courses
  • Conduct Check facilitated by the Dean of Students Office

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .  

Elective Courses

Students must complete three separate Activity courses of their choosing prior to KNES 4490 

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

All of the required courses for the Pre-Kinesiology major and Exercise Science major must be completed with a grade of C or above. Students may repeat each required Pre-Kinesiology or Exercise Science course (in which they earned a D, F, or W) only once, with a maximum of 2 total attempts. When a student earns a total of three grades of D, F, or W in any combination of required Pre-Kinesiology and/or Major Courses, the student cannot remain in the Exercise Science major and must change his/her major.  Withdrawing from a course after the Add/Drop deadline constitutes an attempt, as does receiving any letter grade.  Students must receive a grade of C or above in all Foundation Courses in order to be deemed successful. 

Students will be required to complete KNES 2101 , KNES 2169 , KNES 2169L , and KNES 2290  (in addition to the existing eligibility requirements of the Foundation Courses listed above). Students will be eligible to apply to the major after successfully completing all of the above courses with a grade of C or above and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Kinesiology, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.