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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. This minor is a great supplement to several different majors and can help prepare you for graduate school or a career, plus it will guide you towards becoming a fitter, healthier person.

What Will I Learn?

All Exercise Science Minors complete core coursework in the basics of exercise, physical activity, and exercise physiology. Beyond that, students have the flexibility to choose 4 additional courses from the various sub-disciplines in Exercise Science, such as motor behavior, nutrition, injury care, exercise psychology, exercise programming, and more. This flexibility allows you to tailor the minor to fit your personal and professional goals

What are the requirements for this degree?

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

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Overall GPA of 2.00 or higher

The minor requires 19 credits across 6 courses, and you must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the minor successfully.



While any undergraduate student can complete an Exercise Science Minor, several majors naturally pair well with the minor, including:

Students who also have an interest in sport coaching may complete an additional 12 credits across 4 courses to earn a Coaching Minor along with the Exercise Science Minor.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Fitness and health-oriented careers are in high demand, and will be for the foreseeable future. As such, the Exercise Science Minor is a useful supplement to anyone who is planning to go into the medical, allied health, fitness, or athletic fields. More specifically, the Exercise Science Minor is beneficial for the following areas:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Personal Training
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Other Allied Health Professions

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

This minor is unique in that it offers a variety of choices, allowing you to tailor the program to your specific interests and career plans. Regardless of which courses you select, this minor gives you content and hands-on experiences from a variety of disciplines within the field of exercise science. You may also choose to join the Exercise Science Club.

Contact the Exercise Science Department Henderson Gym 109 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1721 Fax: (717) 477-4083