Exercise Science (A)

The mission of the Exercise Science major is to promote physical activity and exercise as a means to attain and maintain health, physical fitness, and quality of life.  Exercise science consists of several overlapping disciplines and courses of study that provide an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, how exercise impacts the body, and how to use this knowledge to improve human performance and promote a healthy lifestyle.  Professors combine classroom instruction, the latest research, laboratory experiences and field work opportunities to provide an effective blend of educational experiences.  Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise science are prepared for entry-level positions like exercise/fitness specialist, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, work in corporate fitness programs and health clubs, or as a strength and conditioning coach in high schools, colleges, and professional sports teams.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand the anatomical and biomechanical bases of human movement.
  • Students will understand and apply the principles of exercise testing and prescription to diverse populations at various developmental stages and under a range of health conditions.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the scientific literature in the discipline, understand and synthesize relevant information from it, and be able to convey this information both orally and in writing.
  • Students will be able to apply knowledge of exercise science in a real world setting.
  • Students will demonstrate a responsible sense of citizenship, professional attitude, and ethical behavior.
  • Acquire knowledge and demonstrate the skills/abilities to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze human movements during physical activity, training, and performance.


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements69-72
Total Hours120-123

Major Requirements 

Required Core Courses
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Stewardship of the Body
Weight Training
Statistics I
General Psychology
Required Courses
BIO 192Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
EXS 442Exer Prescription & Testing4
EXS 480Design Resistance Training Programs3
EXS 494Exercise Management for Special Populations3
EXS 495Ethical Principles in Health and Human Performance3
HHP 116Health Profession Medical Terminology1
HHP 130Advanced Weight Training2
HHP 171Introduction to Exercise Science1
HHP 202Introduction to Kinesiology3
HHP 212First Aid and Emergency Procedures w/Lab3
HHP 265Healthy Lifestyles3
HHP 274Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HHP 275Administration and Organization of Sport3
HHP 280Psychology of Sport3
HHP 342Nutrition for Wellness and Performance3
HHP 350Coaching Methods3
HHP 371Exercise Physiology3
HHP 373Motor Development3
HHP 375Biomechanics3
HHP 410Measurement and Evaluation in Health & Human Performance3
HHP 460Internship3-6
HHP 475Seminar in Exercise Physilogy2
HHP 495Senior Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
PHYS 151General Physics I4
Total Hours69-72