Bachelor of Science with a Major in Exercise Science

Program Director B. Westerman

The bachelor of science with a major in exercise science degree program prepares individuals for careers in medicine and other health related professions including athletic training/sports medicine, physical therapy, physician’s assistant or nursing, exercise physiology and rehabilitation, sport psychology as well as fitness and health promotion.

Students in the exercise science major may select the pre-medical professional concentration (for those planning to enter a medical,  physician assistant, or nursing program upon graduation), the pre-physical therapy concentration, or the pre-athletic training/sports medicine concentration. The exercise science major also may be taken without a concentration.  

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

124 credits and maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the exercise science core requirements.

University General Education Requirement*

University General Education Requirement (26 credits)
UW 1020University Writing
or HONR 1015 Honors Seminar: UW 1020: Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought
Two writing in the disciplines (WID) courses (may also be counted in another category).
One critical or creative analysis in the humanities course.
One quantitative reasoning course. For exercise science and nutrition science majors, must be satisfied with STAT 1051 or STAT 1053 or STAT 1127 .
One scientific reasoning course with laboratory experience. For exercise science and nutrition science majors, must be satisfied with either BISC 1111 or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.
Two critical, creative, or quantitative analysis in the social sciences courses. For exercise science and nutrition science majors, must be satisfied with ANTH 1002 or ANTH 1003 or ANTH 1004; and COMM 1040 or COMM 1041 .

A list of approved courses can be found on the University General Education Requirements page.

Exercise Science Core Requirements 

Required (40 credits)
EXNS 1103Professional Foundations in Exercise Science
EXNS 1110Applied Anatomy and Physiology I
EXNS 1111Applied Anatomy and Physiology II
EXNS 2111Exercise Physiology I
EXNS 2112Exercise Physiology II
EXNS 2113Kinesiology
EXNS 2116Exercise and Health Psychology
EXNS 2119Introduction to Nutrition Science
EXNS 3110Field Experience - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
EXNS 4110Current Issues in Exercise Science
PSYC 1001General Psychology
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
Course requirements also fulfilling University General Education Requirements (13 credits)
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology
or ANTH 1003 Archaeology
or ANTH 1004 Language in Culture and Society
BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
or BISC 1115
BISC 1125
Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
and Introduction to Cells and Molecules Laboratory
COMM 1040Public Communication
or COMM 1041 Interpersonal Communication
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
or STAT 1127 Statistics for the Biological Sciences

Concentration Requirements 

Electives (58 credits)
40 credits of guided electives planned with the advisor
18 credits of general electives

Guided Electives

ANTH 1005The Biological Bases of Human Behavior
ANTH 2502Anthropology of Science and Technology: Twenty-First-Century Brave New Worlds
ANTH 3413Evolution of the Human Brain
ANTH 3504Illness, Healing, and Culture
BIOC 3261Introductory Medical Biochemistry
BIOC 3560Diet, Health, and Longevity
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
or BISC 1116
BISC 1126
Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
and Introduction to Organisms Laboratory
BISC 2202Cell Biology
BISC 2207Genetics
BISC 2213Biology of Cancer
BISC 2214Developmental Biology
BISC 2220Developmental Neurobiology
BISC 2320Neural Circuits and Behavior
BISC 2322Human Physiology
BISC 2337Introductory Microbiology
or BISC 2337W Introductory Microbiology
BISC 2581Human Gross Anatomy
BISC 3165Biochemistry I
BISC 3166Biochemistry II
BISC 3209Molecular Biology
BISC 3261Introductory Medical Biochemistry
BISC 3262Biochemistry Laboratory
BISC 3263Special Topics in Biochemistry
BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
CHEM 2151Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2153Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2152Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2154Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 3262Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 3165Biochemistry I
CHEM 3166Biochemistry II
or CHEM 3166W Biochemistry II
CHEM 3263WSpecial Topics in Biochemistry
EHS 1002CPR and First Aid
EHS 1040Emergncy Medical Tech-Basic
EHS 1041EMT - Basic Lab
EHS 1058EMT Instructor Development
EHS 2108Emergency Medicine Clinical Scribe
EHS 2110Emergency Department Critical Care Assessment and Procedures
EXNS 1112Current Issues in Coaching
EXNS 1114Community Nutrition
EXNS 1117Principles of Coaching (2 different courses)
EXNS 1118Sport and Nutrition
EXNS 1119WChildren and Sport
EXNS 1199Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
EXNS 2110Injury Prevention and Control
EXNS 2117Sport Psychology
or EXNS 2117W Sport Psychology
EXNS 2120Assessment of Nutritional Status
EXNS 2121Orthopaedic Taping and Bracing
EXNS 2122Food Systems in Public Health
EXNS 3101Independent Study
EXNS 3102Applied Sport Psychology
EXNS 3117Injury Assessment
EXNS 3118Therapeutic Modalities in Sports Medicine
EXNS 3119Therapeutic Exercise in Sports Medicine
EXNS 3121Medical Issues in Sports Medicine
EXNS 3123WPsychology of Injury and Rehabilitation
HLWL 1101Special Topics
HLWL 1102Stress Management
HLWL 1103Issues in Men's Health
HLWL 1104Outdoor and Environmental Education
HLWL 1105Yoga and the Meaning of Life
HLWL 1106Drug Awareness
HLWL 1108Weight and Society
or HLWL 1108W Weight and Society
HLWL 1109Human Sexuality
HLWL 1110Issues in Alternative Medicine
HLWL 1112Issues in Women's Health
HLWL 1114Personal Health and Wellness
HLWL 1117Lifetime Fitness
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness *
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology *
HSCI 2110Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts *
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences *
HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences *
PHYS 1011General Physics I
PSYC 2011Abnormal Psychology
or PSYC 2011W Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 2013Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2014Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
PSYC 2570Peer Education
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2112Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2116Global Delivery of Health Systems
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3131Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 3137Global Public Health Nutrition
PUBH 3151Current Issues in Bioethics
*Summer session only for online delivery

Note: LSPA courses do not count towards the academic requirements for the bachelor of science with a major in exercise science degree.