Exercise Science Major

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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. They work to improve the performance of athletes by performing physiological assessments and using that information to design effective training programs. They 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.

See the Exercise Science website for more information.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare an Exercise Science major.

Program Requirements

Students in the Exercise Science major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students are encourgaed to note prerequisites for PES 410 and PEP 458.

Required Courses (66 credits)

  • BIO 321
  • BIO 322
  • PES 325
  • PES 335
  • PES 460
  • PES 420
  • PES 410
  • PES 415
  • HLS 488
  • PES 413
  • PEP 305
  • PES 385
  • CHM 205
  • CHM 206
  • PEP 361
  • PES 416
  • PEP 458
  • PES 417
  • PEP 455

Elective Courses (3 courses required; 9-12 credits)

  • PES 401
  • PES 405
  • PES 439
  • PES 495
  • PES 499
  • BIO 285
  • BIO 467
  • BIO 468
  • CHM 305
  • CHM 306
  • MTH 201
  • PHS 205
  • PHS 210

Only one of the following courses may count as an elective:

  • PES 350
  • PES 430
  • PES 441
  • PES 445
  • PES 446
  • PES 451

Total Number of Credits: 75-78

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will be able to describe the core principles of exercise physiology and related exercise science for the general population.
  2. The student will be able to independently evaluate the five components of fitness of a client and then design an appropriate, safe, and effective training program to meet the client's needs.
  3. The student will identify the principles of clinical exercise physiology, as well as describe the pathophysiology of disease and their associated risk factors.
  4. The student will describe the principles of nutrition and physical activity behavior change in order to promote healthful living.
  5. The student will identify and explain the issues of safety, injury prevention, emergency procedures and program administration related to exercise program development and implementation.
  6. The student will apply the principles of exercise science in a practical learning environment.
  7. The student will describe the ethical demands/challenges of the exercise science related professions and the human/social context in which graduates will work.