Exercise Science Minor

The Exercise Science Minor is for students interested in learning about human movement, how the body responds to exercise, and the benefits of an active lifestyle. The Exercise Science Minor is unique in that it offers students a variety of choices, allowing you to tailor the minor to your specific interests and career plans. Regardless of which courses you select, the Minor gives students content and hands-on experiences from a variety of disciplines within Exercise Science.

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

Coursework (Fall 2019+)

The Exercise Science Minor is 19 credits across 6 courses and students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the minor successfully.

The two required courses are:

  • ESC 150: Introduction to Exercise Science
  • ESC 343: Foundations of Exercise Physiology (Prerequisites: ESC 150/220 and BIO 150/238/350)

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

  • ESC 244: Movement Science & Skill Analysis
  • ESC 260: Principles of Nutrition
  • ESC 278: Medical Terminology
  • ESC 336: Motor Behavior (Prerequisites: ESC 150 and 244)
  • ESC 340: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (Prerequisites: ESC 150/220 and BIO 150/238/350)
  • ESC 348: Group Exercise Techniques & Leadership (Prerequisite: ESC 343)
  • ESC 350: Nutrition for Sport & Fitness (Prerequisite: ESC 260)
  • ESC 352: Psychology of Physical Activity (Prerequisites: ESC 150 and PSY 101)
  • ESC 375: Exercise Testing & Programming (Prerequisite: ESC 343)
  • ESC 425: Exercise Metabolism & Weight Control (Prerequisite: ESC 260 and 343)

Coursework (Prior to Fall 2019)

The Exercise Science Minor is 19 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 244: Mechanical Analysis of Sports Skills
  • ESC 250: Introduction to Kinesiology
  • ESC 343: Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • 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 students. Interested students must meet the following criteria to be admitted into the program:

  • GPA of 2.00 or above

It is strongly recommended that students complete BIO 150 as one of their Natural World & Technology General Education courses because it is a prerequisite for ESC 343, which is required for the minor. While this is not a requirement for declaring the minor, it is necessary to progress through it.

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 three required courses are:

  • ESC 220: Fundamentals of Coaching
  • ESC 325: Sport Psychology
  • ESC 340: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries

Students must also take one elective course from the following options:

  • ESC 213: Organization & Administration in Health, Fitness, and Sports Facilities
  • ESC 260: Principles of Nutrition
  • ESC 387: Theory & Practice of Power & Agility Training
  • ESC 445: Coaching Internship
  • HCS 225: Communication and Sport
  • SOC 275: Sociology of Sport & Leisure

The following courses count towards both the Coaching and Exercise Science Minors:

  • ESC 244: Movement Science & Skill Analysis
  • ESC 343: Foundations of Exercise Physiology

Exercise Science 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