Our admission standards are high, so students interested in the exercise science major should have a strong background in the sciences including biology, mathematics, chemistry and physics.
All Exercise Science majors must complete a total of 120 credit hours:
- General Education Courses: All undergraduate students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
- Science core courses: In addition to the general education curriculum, Exercise Science students are required to take 12 credit hours of basic science core courses.
- Exercise science core courses: All core courses and electives can be found on the Exercise Science Major page.
- Optional Biology Minor: For specifics contact the Department of Biology.
All Exercise Science students MUST take one certification exam at the student's expense. These include:
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) exam
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health/Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS) exam
- National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam
- National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) exam
You are also required to complete a 6, 9, or 12-credit internship. Internship sites include hospitals, wellness centers, health care facilities, corporate fitness facilities, spas, resorts and fitness centers. Internships are also available with government agencies, nursing homes and community agencies.
The 18-credit Exercise Science Minor provides students with content from a breadth of disciplines in the exercise science field. The minor is ideal for students who are interested in broadening their experience and knowledge base in the study and analysis of principles related to human movement.