Bachelor of Science with a Major in Exercise Science, Pre-athletic Training/Sports Medicine

Program Advisor and 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 may also 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 Requirements*

Required (26 credits)
UW 1020University Writing
or HONR 1015 Honors Proseminar: UW 1020: Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought
Two writing-in the disciplines (WID) courses (may also be counted in another category)
One critical analysis in the humanities course
One quantitative reasoning course (must be satisfied with STAT 1051, STAT 1053, or STAT 1127 for Exercise Science majors)
One scientific reasoning course with laboratory experience (must be satisfied with BISC 1111 for Exercise Science majors)
Two critical analysis in the social sciences courses (must be satisfied with ANTH 1002, ANTH 1003, or ANTH 1004; and COMM 1040, or COMM 1041 for Exercise Science majors)

*A list of approved courses can be found on the General Education Requirement 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 & Nutrition Sciences
EXNS 4110Current Issues in Exercise Science
PSYC 1001General Psychology
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health & Health Svcs
or PUBH 1102 History of Public Health
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
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

 Pre-athletic Training/Sports Medicine Concentration Requirements

Required (25 credits)
EXNS 2110Injury Prevention and Control
EXNS 2121Orthopaedic Taping and Bracing
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
EXNS 3125Athletic Training Practicum
Electives (33 credits)
15 credits of guided electives planned with the advisor
18 credits of general electives

Guided Electives

BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
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 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 3165Biochemistry I
CHEM 3262Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 3166Biochemistry II
or CHEM 3166W Biochemistry II
EHS 1002CPR & First Aid
EHS 1040Emergncy Medical Tech-Basic
EHS 1041EMT - Basic Lab
EHS 1058EMT Instructor Development
EHS 2108Emergncy Med Clinical Scribe
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 2117Sport Psychology
or EXNS 2117W Sport Psychology
EXNS 2110Injury Prevention and Control
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 & 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 1117Functional Fitness
HSCI 2112Writing in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
PHYS 1011General Physics I
PHYS 1012General Physics II
PSYC 2011Abnormal Psychology
or PSYC 2011W Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 2013Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2014Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health & Health Svcs
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3137Global Public Health Nutrition
PUBH 3151Current Issues in Bioethics

Note: LSPA courses do not count towards the academic requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a major in exercise science, pre-athletic training/sports medicine concentration.