Information on the admission process is available on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.

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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: or 202-994-6040

The following requirements must be fulfilled for the bachelor of science with a major in exercise science with no concentration: 124 total credits, including 26 credits in University General Education Requirements, 39 additional credits in core exercise science requirements, 41 credits in approved guided elective courses, and 18 credits in additional general electives.

University General Education Requirement
One course in critical thinking in the humanities.
Two courses in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, or scientific reasoning in the social sciences. For exercise science and nutrition majors, must be satisfied with one of the following: ANTH 1002, ANTH 1003, or ANTH 1004.
One course that has an approved oral communication component, For exercise science and nutrition majors, must be satisfied with either COMM 1040 or COMM 1041.
One course in quantitative reasoning. For exercise science and nutrition majors, must be satisfied with one of the following: STAT 1051, STAT 1053, or STAT 1127.
One course in scientific reasoning with laboratory experience. For exercise science and nutrition majors, must be satisfied with BISC 1111.
UW 1020University Writing
or HONR 1015 (Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought)
After successful completion of UW 1020 or HONR 1015, 6 credits distributed over at least two different Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses taken in separate semesters (summer counts as one semester) are required. WID courses are designated by a "W" appended to the course number.

 Approved courses can be found under University General Education Requirement.

Required exercise science core courses
Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the exercise science core requirements with a minimum grade of C- in each core course.
PUBH 1010First-Year Experience in Public Health
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 (2 credits)
EXNS 3111WExercise and Nutrition Sciences Research Methods
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
PSYC 1001General Psychology
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 (Note: PUBH 2142 does not count toward the General Education requirement) *
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
or STAT 1127 Statistics for the Biological Sciences
or PUBH 2142 Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health
41 credits in approved guided electives (below), selected in consultation with the advisor, and 18 credits in general electives.

* The ANTH, BISC, COMM, and STAT courses meet General Education requirements; however, while required, they do not count toward the 39 credits in exercise science core courses. PUBH 2142 does not count toward the General Education requirement, but it does count as an exercise science core course.

Note: No more than 3 credits of Lifestyle, Sport, and Physical Activity (LSPA) courses may count toward the 124 credits required for the bachelor's degree.

Exercise science guided electives
The courses listed below have been identified as highly relevant to the BS with a major in exercise science curriculum.
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 3262Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOC 3560Diet, Health, and Longevity
Biological sciences
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
BISC 2202Cell Biology
BISC 2207Genetics
BISC 2208Genetics Laboratory
BISC 2213Biology of Cancer
BISC 2214Developmental Biology
BISC 2220Developmental Neurobiology
BISC 2320Neural Circuits and Behavior
BISC 2322Human Physiology
BISC 2336Introductory Microbiology
BISC 2337Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
BISC 2337WIntroductory Microbiology
BISC 2581Human Gross Anatomy
BISC 3122Human Physiology
BISC 3123Human Physiology Lab
BISC 3165Biochemistry I
BISC 3166Biochemistry II
BISC 3209Molecular Biology
BISC 3208Molecular Biology Laboratory
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 3165Biochemistry I
CHEM 3166Biochemistry II
or CHEM 3166W Biochemistry II
CHEM 3262Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 3263WSpecial Topics in Biochemistry
Emergency health services
EHS 1002CPR and First Aid
EHS 1040Emergency Medical Tech-Basic
EHS 1041EMT - Basic Lab
EHS 1058EMT Instructor Development
EHS 2108Emergency Medicine Clinical Scribe
EHS 2110Emergency Department Critical Care Assessment and Procedures
Exercise and nutrition sciences
EXNS 1112Current Issues in Coaching
EXNS 1113Medical Terminology
EXNS 1114Community Nutrition
EXNS 1117Principles of Coaching
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 2118Sport and Nutrition
EXNS 2120Assessment of Nutritional Status
EXNS 2121Orthopedic Taping and Bracing
EXNS 2122Food Systems in Public Health
EXNS 2123Nutrition and Chronic Disease
EXNS 2124Lifecycle Nutrition
EXNS 2126WInternational Nutrition
EXNS 3101Independent Study
EXNS 3102Applied Sport Psychology
EXNS 3110Field Experience - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (Beyond the 2 credits required)
EXNS 3117Injury Assessment
EXNS 3118Therapeutic Modalities in Sports Medicine
EXNS 3119Therapeutic Exercise in Sports Medicine
EXNS 3121Medical Issues in Sports Medicine
EXNS 3995Undergraduate Research
EXNS 4199Advanced Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (Metabolism in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences only)
Health and wellness
HLWL 1101Special Topics
HLWL 1102Stress Management
HLWL 1106Drug Awareness
HLWL 1108Weight and Society
HLWL 1109Human Sexuality
HLWL 1114Personal Health and Wellness
HLWL 1117Lifetime Fitness
Health sciences
HSCI 2100Writing and Composition in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness **
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology **
HSCI 2110Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts **
HSCI 2112Writing in the Health Sciences
or HSCI 2112W Writing in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences **
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
PSYC 2570Peer Education
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
Public health
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2112Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3131Epidemiology
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 3151WCurrent Issues in Bioethics

** Courses offered online may only be taken in the summer term.