Exercise Science Minor

The Exercise Science Minor is designed for students who are interested in learning more about human movement and how the body and mind respond to physical activity. This is accomplished by providing students with content and hands-on experiences from a variety of disciplines within Exercise Science. Specifically, the Exercise Science Minor gives students an introduction to how physiological and psychological systems immediately respond to exercise and also how those systems change stemming from chronic exercise, including improvements to health, physical fitness, and general well-being.

Depending on one’s career interests, the Exercise Science Minor can support a number of different majors and is also a useful tool for satisfying graduate school prerequisites. Majors that could benefit from completing an Exercise Science Minor include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Business
  • Social Work & Gerontology
  • Human Communication Studies
  • Psychology
  • Disability Studies

Coursework

The Exercise Science Minor is 18 credits across 6 courses and students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the minor successfully.

The four required courses are:

  • ESC 250: Introduction to Kinesiology
  • ESC 243: Physiological Basis of Sport
  • ESC 244: Mechanical Analysis of Sports Skills
  • ESC 352: Psychology of Physical Activity

Students must also take two elective courses from the following options:

  • ESC 336: Motor Behavior
  • ESC 340: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
  • ESC 348: Group Exercise Techniques & Leadership
  • ESC 350: Nutrition for Sport & Fitness

Admission Requirements

The Exercise Science Minor is open to undergraduate, graduate, and non-matriculating students. Interested students must meet the following criteria to be admitted into the program:

  • GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Completion of BIO 150, BIO 238, or BIO 350 with a grade of C or higher
  • Completion of PSY 101 with a grade of C or higher

Double Minor in Exercise Science and Coaching

Students who also have an interest in Coaching may complete an additional 12 credits across 4 courses to earn a second minor. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the minor successfully. For more information about the Coaching Minor, please click here.

The two required courses are:

  • ESC 325: Sport Psychology
  • ESC 400: Methods of Coaching

Students must also take two elective courses from the following options:

  • ESC 207: Stress Management
  • ESC 213: Organization & Administration in Health, Fitness, and Sports Facilities
  • ESC 387: Theory & Practice of Power & Agility Training
  • SOC 275: Sociology of Sport & Leisure

Exercise Minor and PAGE Certificate

Students who have an interest in personal fitness or strength and conditioning may also benefit from completing the Power, Agility, & Group Exercise (PAGE) Certificate. Students must complete an additional 6 credits across 2 courses with a grade of C or higher. For more information about the PAGE Certificate, please click here.

The two required courses are:

  • ESC 348: Group Exercise Techniques & Leadership
  • ESC 387: Theory & Practice of Power & Agility Training