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Exercise Science Major (Clinical Exercise Option, Health Fitness Option or Kinesiology Option), B.A., B.A.A., B.S.

B.A. degree; B.A.A. degree; B.S. degree
Major Map: Clinical Exercise Science Option
Major Map: Health Fitness Option
Major Map: Kinesiology Option

Admissions Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission into the major is competitive. Interested students are encouraged to obtain advising and admission information early during pre-admission coursework by contacting the School of Health Sciences Office. In order to apply for admission into the major, applicants must do the following:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  2. Complete CHM 120 and CHM 127 (or CHM 131 and CHM 132), HSC 190, HSC 205, HSC 214, and HSC 215, with no grade lower than C in these courses.
  3. Satisfy the university Mathematics Competency requirement as described under the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin.
  4. Meet specific program Technical Standards (a copy of the Technical Standards is available from the School of Health Sciences Office or the School of Health Sciences website).
  5. Complete an application (available from the School of Health Sciences Office or the School of Health Sciences website) and turn in the completed application along with a copy of the applicant’s grade record (unofficial transcript or academic history) to the School of Health Sciences Office.

Once admitted into the program students must continue to meet specific program Technical Standards as well as the following criteria:

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5.
  2. Achieve a grade of C (2.0) or better for each graded HSC course on the major.

Options

Select one of the following three options:

Clinical Exercise Science Option

The Clinical Exercise Science option is for students intending to pursue a career in the clinical aspects of exercise science: cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, or other related field.

Core Courses I (17 hours)

HSC 190Introduction to Exercise Science

1(1-0)

HSC 205Responding to Emergencies

2(1-2)

HSC 214Human Anatomy

4(3-3)

HSC 215Human Physiology

4(3-2)

HSC 216Biomechanics and Kinesiology

3(2-2)

HSC 308Physiology of Sport and Exercise

3(3-0)

Core Courses II (5-8 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (8 hours)
CHM 131General Chemistry I

4(3-3)

CHM 132General Chemistry II

4(3-3)

Option B (5 hours)
CHM 120Survey of Chemistry

4(4-0)

CHM 127Introductory Chemistry Laboratory

1(0-2)

Required Courses (27 hours)

HSC 220Health-related Components of Fitness

3(2-2)

HSC 310ECG Assessment

2(2-1)

HSC 411Pathophysiology

3(3-0)

HSC 547Health Risk Identification and Management

3(3-0)

HSC 550Stress Test Administration

3(2-2)

HSC 551Stress Testing Interpretation

3(3-1)

HSC 553Cardiac Medications

2(2-0)

HSC 575Exercise Science Clinical Internship

8(Spec)

Other Requirements (0 hours)

Capstone Exit Exam and/or Survey

This requirement would involve, depending on the student's option, completing an internship, taking a capstone course, analyzing and interpreting data, and/or completing an exit survey.


Electives (5-6 hours)

Select from the following:

BIO 590Cardiovascular Physiology

3(3-0)

FNS 370Nutrition

3(3-0)

HSC 201Medical Terminology

3(3-0)

HSC 219Exercise Conditioning for Health Fitness Professionals

2(1-2)

HSC 503Health Implications of Obesity

3(3-0)

HSC 534Workshop in Principles of Cardiovascular Health and Disease

1(Spec)

HSC 586Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Children

3(1-4)

Total: 54-58 semester hours

Health Fitness Option

The Health Fitness option is for students intending to pursue a career as a health fitness professional, personal trainer, or strength and conditioning coach.

Note: Students pursuing this option cannot declare the Health Fitness Minor.

Core Courses I (17 hours)

HSC 190Introduction to Exercise Science

1(1-0)

HSC 205Responding to Emergencies

2(1-2)

HSC 214Human Anatomy

4(3-3)

HSC 215Human Physiology

4(3-2)

HSC 216Biomechanics and Kinesiology

3(2-2)

HSC 308Physiology of Sport and Exercise

3(3-0)

Core Courses II (5-8 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (8 hours)
CHM 131General Chemistry I

4(3-3)

CHM 132General Chemistry II

4(3-3)

Option B (5 hours)
CHM 120Survey of Chemistry

4(4-0)

CHM 127Introductory Chemistry Laboratory

1(0-2)

Required Courses (21 hours)

HSC 219Exercise Conditioning for Health Fitness Professionals

2(1-2)

HSC 420Fitness and Performance Assessment

3(2-3)

HSC 421Training for Fitness and Performance

3(2-3)

HSC 423Practicum in Personal Training

2(1-3)

HSC 425Health Fitness Program Administration/Management

3(3-0)

HSC 576Exercise Science Fitness Internship

8(Spec)

Other Requirements (0 hours)

Capstone Exit Exam and/or Survey

This requirement would involve, depending on the student's option, completing an internship, taking a capstone course, analyzing and interpreting data, and/or completing an exit survey.


Electives (10-12 hours)

Select from the following:

ENT 221Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs

3(3-0)

FNS 370Nutrition

3(3-0)

FNS 375Nutrition and Performance

3(3-0)

HSC 424Practicum in Health Fitness

2(0-6)

HSC 503Health Implications of Obesity

3(3-0)

HSC 505Work Injury Prevention

3(3-0)

HSC 547Health Risk Identification and Management

3(3-0)

PES 338Teaching Group Fitness

2(2-0)

PES 485Theoretical Foundations of Strength and Conditioning

3(3-0)

Total: 53-58 semester hours

Kinesiology Option

The Kinesiology option is a broad-based exercise science option for students interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy, physician assistant medical and health sciences, occupational therapy, chiropractic, or other allied health field.

Please note that many graduate and professional programs require prerequisite courses in addition to those included in this option. It is the responsibility of the student to determine which prerequisite courses are required for their program of interest.

Core Courses I (17 hours)

HSC 190Introduction to Exercise Science

1(1-0)

HSC 205Responding to Emergencies

2(1-2)

HSC 214Human Anatomy

4(3-3)

HSC 215Human Physiology

4(3-2)

HSC 216Biomechanics and Kinesiology

3(2-2)

HSC 308Physiology of Sport and Exercise

3(3-0)

Core Courses II (8-9 hours)

Select one of the following options

Option A (8 hours)
CHM 131General Chemistry I

4(3-3)

CHM 132General Chemistry II

4(3-3)

Option B (9 hours)
CHM 120Survey of Chemistry

4(4-0)

CHM 127Introductory Chemistry Laboratory

1(0-2)

CHM 342Survey of Organic Chemistry

4(3-3)

Required Courses (9 hours)

HSC 220Health-related Components of Fitness

3(2-2)

HSC 411Pathophysiology

3(3-0)

HSC 547Health Risk Identification and Management

3(3-0)

Other Requirements I (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

BIO 315Human Genetics

3(3-0)

CHM 421Introductory Biochemistry for Health Sciences

3(3-0)

FNS 370Nutrition

3(3-0)

Other Requirements II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

BIO 500Biological Statistics

3(2-2)

HSC 544Biostatistics

3(2-1)

PSY 211QRIntroduction to Psychological Statistics

3(3-0)

Other Requirements (0 hours)

Capstone Exit Exam and/or Survey

This requirement would involve, depending on the student's option, completing an internship, taking a capstone course, analyzing and interpreting data, and/or completing an exit survey.


Electives (12-15 hours)

Select from the following:

BIO 208Microbiology

4(3-3)

BIO 590Cardiovascular Physiology

3(3-0)

FNS 375Nutrition and Performance

3(3-0)

HSC 201Medical Terminology

3(3-0)

HSC 219Exercise Conditioning for Health Fitness Professionals

2(1-2)

HSC 503Health Implications of Obesity

3(3-0)

HSC 586Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Children

3(1-4)

PES 401Fundamentals of Motor Learning

3(3-0)

Total: 52-56 semester hours