Bachelor of Science Degree - Exercise Science

Degree Requirements:

General Education Courses

Major Courses

Minor Courses

A bachelor's degree in exercise science prepares graduates to work in a broad range of careers related to health and fitness promotion.

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science has two distinct programs.  1. Exercise Science Professional Track. 2 Exercise Science Sports Management track. Coursework for each track is grounded in knowledge of the human body structure and function, then specializes to each unique track, providing significant coursework in each area. We have researched best practices in both professional preparation for graduate work and management coursework.  Our degree meets or exceeds those requirements. 

The professional track provides the depth of study needed to meet or exceed preparation for admission to graduate programs in many health-related or exercise science fields. Some common graduate areas include: physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation and clinical exercise physiologist.

The sports management track provides coursework to place the student in public or private industry or educational settings. Fitness-based professions that place students into a fitness setting as owner or employee, such as personal trainers, fitness personnel managers, or floor managers. This degree requires, in addition to the core coursework, the business background of marketing, finance, promotion, and personal interaction. 

 

Successful completion of this major will require a grade of “C” or better, graded on an “A” through “F” letter basis in the following classes: Performance Sport Assessment & Athletic Development I, Teaching Weight Training, Biomechanics, Biomechanics Lab, Performance Sport Assessment & Athletic Development II, Physiology of Exercise, and Advanced Exercise Science.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the major in Exercise Science, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge from various Exercise Science disciplines (Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and Motor Learning) into an evidence based approach to training (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes II, III, and VI.)
  2. Administer valid and reliable automated performance assessments, interpret and communicate results to users of the information, and develop and implement appropriate training experience from the assessment data.  (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes II, III, and VI.)
  3. Demonstrate effective use of multiple methods of feedback, including the use of media and technology, to enhance the training process.  (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes III and VI.)
  4. Demonstrate effective use of instructional and time management strategies into the training process. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcome VI.)
  5. Students in the Professional Track option will demonstrate an understanding of the research process through the completion of Undergraduate Research Project. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcome II and VI.)
  6. Students in the Sport Management Track option will engage in meaning professional practice through the completion of Internship. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcome IV and VII.)

Professional Track

General Education

The following are required as part of General Education
ECON 201Principles Of Microeconomics

3

Pre- or Co-requisite MATH 103

MATH 103College Algebra

4

PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:10

Required Core Classes

BIOL 150General Biology I

3

BIOL 150LGeneral Biology I Lab

1

BIOL 220Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

HPER 207Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

2

HPER 210First Aid and CPR

1

HPER 240Principles of Human Nutrition

3

HPER 241Introduction to Exercise Science

3

HPER 300Performance Assessment and Training Prescription

3

HPER 320Teaching Weight Training

2

HPER 328Biomechanics

3

HPER 328LBiomechanics Lab

1

HPER 371Performance Sport Assessment and Athletic Development I

2

HPER 372Performance Sport Assessment and Athletic Development II

2

HPER 410Psychology and Sociology of Sport and Exercise

2

HPER 430Measurement and Evaluation

2

HPER 432Physiology of Exercise

3

Total Credit Hours:37

Professional Track Major Courses

BIOL 151General Biology II

3

BIOL 151LGeneral Biology II Lab

1

BIOL 221Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab

4

CHEM 121General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 121LGeneral Chemistry Lab I

1

CHEM 122General Chemistry II

4

CHEM 122LGeneral Chemistry Lab II

1

HPER 435Advanced Exercise Science

4

MATH 305Probability and Statistics

4

PHYS 211College Physics I

3

PHYS 211LCollege Physics I Lab

1

 

BIOL 494Independent Study, Undergraduate Research

1-6

Or

HPER 494Independent Study, Undergraduate Research

1-6

Four Credits Required

Total Credit Hours:34

Sports Management Track

General Education

The following are required as part of General Education
ECON 201Principles Of Microeconomics

3

Pre- or Co-requisite MATH 103

MATH 103College Algebra

4

PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:10

Required Core Classes

BIOL 111Concepts of Biology

3

BIOL 111LConcepts of Biology Lab

1

Or

BIOL 150General Biology I

3

BIOL 150LGeneral Biology I Lab

1

 

HPER 207Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

2

HPER 210First Aid and CPR

1

HPER 241Introduction to Exercise Science

3

 

BIOL 220Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

Or

HPER 215Survey of Human Anatomy

4

 

HPER 240Principles of Human Nutrition

3

HPER 300Performance Assessment and Training Prescription

3

HPER 320Teaching Weight Training

2

HPER 328Biomechanics

3

HPER 328LBiomechanics Lab

1

HPER 371Performance Sport Assessment and Athletic Development I

2

HPER 372Performance Sport Assessment and Athletic Development II

2

HPER 410Psychology and Sociology of Sport and Exercise

2

HPER 430Measurement and Evaluation

2

HPER 432Physiology of Exercise

3

Total Credit Hours:37

Sports Management Track Major Courses

ACCT 200Elements Of Accounting I

3

ACCT 201Elements Of Accounting II

3

ACCT 315Business Law I

3

BADM 336Management and Leadership

3

BOTE 210Business Communication

3

BOTE 247Spreadsheet Applications

3

ECON 202Principles Of Macro-Economics

3

ENTR 366Entrepreneurship

3

HPER 217Personal and Community Health

2

HPER 360Adapted Physical Education

2

HPER 420Organization and Administration of Physical Education

2

 

HPER 497Internship

1-6

Six Credits Required

 

MRKT 301Principles of Marketing

3

PSYC 353Adolescent Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:42