Program Admission Requirements

Before you declare one of our programs, read the following admission requirements carefully. If you do not meet the requirements, you will not be allowed to declare the program. Please contact the Exercise Science Department with questions. Click the name of each program for more information about it.


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Exercise Science Major

Please note that students are only allowed to choose one concentration.

Allied Health Pre-Professional Concentration

High school students interested in entering the AHPP Concentration upon acceptance into Shippensburg University must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Overall high school GPA of 3.40 or better
  • Top 50% of graduating class

College students transferring from another major or another university must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least 15 credits with a GPA of 2.50 or above
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (recommended), Biology I, or Biology II with a grade of C or higher

Human Performance & Fitness Concentration

High school students interested in entering the HPF Concentration upon acceptance into Shippensburg University must meet the following criteria:

  • University Admission Standards

College students transferring from another major or another university must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least 15 credits with a GPA of 2.00 or above
  • Completion of any Biology, Chemistry, or Physics course (Anatomy & Physiology I recommended) with a grade of C or higher

Pre-Athletic Training Concentration

High school students interested in entering the PAT Concentration upon acceptance into Shippensburg University must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Overall high school GPA of 3.40 or better
  • Top 50% of graduating class

College students transferring from another major or another university must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least 15 credits with a GPA of 2.50 or above
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (recommended), Biology I, or Biology II with a grade of C or higher

Note for All Transfer Students

It is strongly recommended that students complete (or are scheduled to complete) BIO 237: Anatomy & Physiology I and BIO 238: Anatomy & Physiology II (or their equivalents at other institutions) with a grade of C or higher before transferring to Exercise Science. Both courses are necessary to progress through the major, and not having these courses already completed may delay your progress and/or your graduation semester. Please contact the Exercise Science Department with questions or to schedule a meeting with the Department Chair to discuss your options.


Minor Programs

Exercise Science Minor

Students interested in declaring the Exercise Science Minor must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Overall GPA of 2.00 or higher

Coaching Minor

Students interested in declaring the Coaching Minor must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Overall GPA of 2.00 or higher

Note for All Minor Students

It is strongly recommended that students complete BIO 150: Human Biology as one of your Natural World & Technology General Education courses. BIO 150 is a prerequisite for ESC 343, which is required for both minors. Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I and II (BIO 237 and BIO 238) or Human Physiology (BIO 350) are also acceptable. Other biology courses are not adequate substitutes.


Certificate Programs

Power, Agility, & Group Exercise (PAGE) Certificate

Students interested in declaring the PAGE Certificate must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate or Non-Matriculating Student
  • Overall GPA of 2.00 or higher