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The Study of Exercise Science

Exercise science is the study of how the human body responds and adapts to exercise. In practice, exercise scientists are responsible for designing and implementing exercise programs for a wide breadth of populations. We work to improve the performance of athletes by performing physiological assessments and using that information to design effective training programs. Exercise scientists also work with members of the general population who are interested in improving their health and reducing their disease risk. Exercise scientists may also specialize in working with those with pre-existing disease such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary challenges and cancer.

Admission

All students can declare the intent to major in Exercise Science. Once students meet all of the following criteria, they will automatically be transitioned to an Exercise Science Major.

  • Taken at least 12 credits at the College at Brockport
  • Possess at least a 2.75 overall GPA
  • At least a C+ grade in PES 335 (typically taken first semester sophomore year).

 Recommended Courses for Freshman Year

  • General education classes—with the exception of “Natural Sciences,” as that will be covered in the Exercise Science curriculum
  • BIO 221
  • MTH 112

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Freshman Year Credits
BIO 221 (preferred) or BIO 111 (prerequisite for BIO 321 & 322) 4
Equivalent of Math 112 or higher (prerequisite for CHM 205) 3
General Education Courses  
Total 12+

Sophomore Year Credits
BIO 321, BIO 322 Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8
PES 335 Physiological Bases for Exercise and Sport (Fall) 4
PES 311 Athletic Training for Exercise Science (Spring) 3
PES 413 Motor Development 3
Elective #1 3
Total 21

Junior Year Credits
CHM 205 (Fall), 206 (Spring) Chemistry I and II 8
PBH 488 Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology 3
PEP 305 Strength and Conditioning for Exercise Science 3
PES 325 Kinesiological Bases for Exercise and Sport 4
PES 410 Physiology of Exercise II 3
PES 460 Ethics of Sport 3
Elective #2 3
Total 27

Senior Year Credits
PES 415 Nutrition for Exercise and Sport 3
PES 420 Biomechanics 3
PES 416 Exercise Physiology Laboratory Techniques 3
PES 361 Cardiac Rehabilitation 3
PES 417 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
PEP 455 Practicum for Exercise Programming 3
Elective #3 3
Total 21

Summer of Senior Year Credits
PEP 458 6

Total Credits
Exercise Science Major 75
General Education 30
Other/Student Choice 15
Total 120

Elective Division

  • PES 350 History of Sport (3)
  • PES 430 Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (3)
  • PES 441 Sport and Society (3)
  • PES 445 Social Psychology of Sport (3)
  • PES 446 Sport Spectating in the United States (3)
  • PES 451 Modern Olympic Games (3)
  • PES 401 Physical Activity in Adulthood (3)
  • PES 405 Obesity in Society (3)
  • PES 439 Motor Learning (3) 
  • PES 495 Directed Study in Exercise Physiology (3)
  • PES 499 Independent Study in Exercise Physiology (3)
  • BIO 285 Biology of Aging (3)
  • BIO 467 Biochemistry I (3)
  • BIO 111 Principles of Biology (4)
  • CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM 306 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • MTH 201 Calculus I (4)
  • PHS 205 Physics I (4)
  • PHS 210 Physics II (4)

Note: For elective pool, students can take no more than one course from the following cluster:

  • PES 350 History of Sport, Play and Exercise
  • PES 430 Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • PES 441 Sport and Society
  • PES 445 Social Psychology of Sport
  • PES 446 Sport Spectating in the United States
  • PES 451 Modern Olympic Games

Last Updated 5/7/19

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