Exercise Science Minor
The Exercise Science Minor is designed to provide 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. The minor provides students with an introductory grounding in
physiological principles that help us understand not only how human systems
respond to exercise stress, but also how the body changes with chronic exercise
stress. Students will acquire information on various domains in the field
including exercise physiology, exercise psychology, the acquisition of motor
skills, principles of nutrition, and injury prevention and treatment
strategies. Students also benefit from applied learning experiences in all
classes. Such opportunities allow students to apply course principles and develop
What is the curriculum?
The Exercise Science Minor is a total of 18 semester hours (4
required courses, 2 elective courses), in addition to the two prerequisite
courses. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all of these courses to
complete the minor successfully.
Before applying for the minor, students must complete the
following prerequisite courses with
a minimum grade of “C” in both: Human Biology (BIO 150) and General Psychology
Upon admittance into the minor, students must take four required
courses and two elective courses within Exercise Science.
The four required courses
are: Physiological Basis of Sport (ESC 243), Mechanical Analysis of Sports
Skills (ESC 244), Introduction to Kinesiology (ESC 250), and Psychology of
Physical Activity (ESC 350).
Students must also choose
two of the following courses: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (ESC
340), Motor Behavior (ESC 336), or Nutrition for Sport & Fitness (ESC 350).
Who can take the Exercise Science minor?
The Exercise Science minor is open to undergraduate, graduate, and
What are the program’s admissions requirements?
- A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.
- A change of major/minor form provided by the Dean of your current
- Completion of BIO 150 and PSY 101 with a “C” or better.
Why should I minor in Exercise Science?
- Exercise Science classes at Shippensburg University are small,
typically 20 students.
- Lectures and labs are taught by seasoned professors, not by
- Faculty-directed student research is highly encouraged at
- Faculty are accessible in and out of class.