Exercise Science Undergraduate Major with an Optional Minor in Biology
Shippensburg University starting offering a new undergraduate major in Exercise Science beginning in the fall of 2004. Since then the program has continued to evolve and is beginning to transition into a new phase.
Students enrolled in the Exercise Science program will complete a minimum of 120 credits. The course requirements for the major include 51 hours in the general education core courses, plus 12 hours of basic science core courses, and at least 45 hours of exercise science courses with up to 12 hours of free electives. The basic science core courses include: Principles of Biology: Organismal Diversity, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology. One additional Biology course, such as Genetics or Microbiology, maybe take to complete the Biology Minor. The Exercise Science Major requirements include the following courses: Mechanical Analysis of Sport Skills, Introduction to Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology I & II, Nutrition for Sport & Fitness, Biomechanics, Psychology of Physical Activity, Research Design and Statistics for Exercise Science, Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries, Motor Behavior, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Special Populations, Exercise Testing & Prescription, and an Internship. Recommended electives to support the major include: Stress Management, Organization & Administration in Health, Fitness, and Sports Facilities, Sociology of Sport & Leisure, Biology seminar: Careers in Health Science, or an Exercise Science seminar. There are many minors on-campus that support the Exercise Science Major; these include, but are not limited to: Biology, Business, Coaching, and Gerontology.
Traditionally, Exercise Scientists have focused on enhancing athletic performance. Today, however, Exercise Scientists also work and study in commercial, clinical, and workplace settings to increase health, fitness, and quality of life of the general population.
Employment opportunities include work in government agencies as wellness coordinators and program managers, in medical settings as program coordinators and health/fitness specialists, in corporate fitness centers as health promotion program directors, and in fitness centers as exercise programming directors. Students may also find employment in hospitals and health centers doing cardiac rehabilitation exercise testing and programming.
Policy statement: Any student may enroll and complete any course in the Department of Exercise Science. Prerequisites for any course must be completed prior to enrollment. Students may complete no more than 3 Exercise Science major courses within the Department of Exercise Science without admission into the Exercise Science major.