Exercise Science Concentration (B.S.) Overview

Exercise Science (B.S.) Overview

The Exercise Science (BS) major provides a comprehensive understanding of exercise, human performance, and healthy living. This major prepares graduates for further study of exercise science as well as healthcare professions including medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, and athletic training. Students complete coursework in general education, kinesiology, cognate areas (outside, but supportive of, Exercise Science), with an emphasis on basic science courses.

The curriculum is dedicated to preparing students both professionally and academically for their future career. A high degree of excellence is expected in all aspects of career development, including practical and academic success.

Incoming Freshman students will be admitted to the Exercise Science program, beginning in Fall, 2020. Admission is highly competitive; students with strong math and science preparation will be given preference.

Students admitted Fall of 2020 or later are eligible to transfer into exercise science on a space available basis. Requests for transfer will only be considered in the spring semester each year.

After completing a challenging set of prerequisites (see the Exercise Science (B.S.) Program’s Guidelines and Sample Semester Sequence page), students will apply by February 1, 2020. Admission is highly competitive.  Successful candidates typically have a cumulative GPA above 3.0, and have competitive grades (B or higher) in Biological and Physical Science prerequisite courses.

The successful applicant has completed most of the courses listed for the first three semesters of the Guidelines and Sample Semester Sequence, especially PNB 2264 and PNB 2265 (or their equivalents), before admission. The recommended academic grade for all prerequisites is a B or better.

After successful admission, academic advisors may be able to help students find positions at a variety of sites, including clinics, health clubs, youth sport teams, the Human Performance Laboratory, and the Division of Athletics.

The Department of Kinesiology strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented minority groups.

For more information about academic requirements, admissions standards, and contact information, please see the How to Apply to Undergraduate Programs page and the 2020 Exercise Science Program’s Guidelines and Sample Semester Sequence.