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Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Concentration, B.S.

The Exercise Science degree program offers preparation for employment as Exercise Science practitioners in business and industry, healthcare agencies, hospitals, fitness centers, sports performance centers, schools, and other setting which utilizes exercise and physical activity to promote healthy active lifestyles and outcomes.

Exercise Science majors have the option to declare the Health and Fitness Concentration.  The curriculum prepares students to apply industry standard, evidence-based guidelines to the roles and responsibilities of an exercise science practitioner, including: pre-activity screening, health and fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and risk management. Students are encouraged to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist Credentialing Exam.

The Exercise Science Health and Fitness concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of the Exercise Science (CoAES).

Admission Requirements

All Students

  • Minimum Prerequisite GPA:  2.5
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  Completion of 36 credit hours of coursework.  Grade of C or above in all Pre-Exercise Science courses.  The prerequisite GPA includes the following courses:
  • Other: All Pre-Exercise Science majors are subject to a Conduct Check facilitated by the Dean of Students Office.  The result may impact acceptance into the Exercise Science program.
  • Declaration of Major: All incoming students are initially classified as Pre-Exercise Science (PEXE) majors until above requirements are met in order to apply to the upper-division Exercise Science (EXER) major.
  • Declaration of Concentration:  Students must be an Exercise Science major and complete a Concentration Application. 
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  24

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

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

Concentration Courses (19 credit hours)

Internship (9 credit hours)

EXER 4490  is taken during the last semester in the major.  All required major courses (except EXER 4132 ) must be completed with a grade of C or above prior to the internship. 

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

All of the required courses for the Pre-Exercise Science major, Exercise Science major, and Health and Fitness concentration must be completed with a grade of C or above. Students may repeat each required Pre-Exercise Science 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-Exercise Science 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.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in the Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences, visit the program page .