Degree Requirements

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The B.S. in Health and Exercise Science degree requires 120 credit hours:

  • 47-49 credit hours of general education courses,
  • 30-35 credit hours in the major core,
  • 24-26 credit hours in a concentration of choice, and
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

The B.S. in Exercise Science degree requires:

Major core, 30-35 credit hours (with some counting toward GE)

  • BIOL 218 Human Anatomy or 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • MATH 302 Statistics
  • PTA 150 Introduction to Physical Therapy or SOHS 150 or BIOL 352 Advanced Topics and Terminology in Medicine
  • PHES 134 Introduction to Exercise Science
  • PHES 215 Nutrition
  • PHES 225 Health Communication
  • PHES 260 Stress Management and Fitness
  • PHES 360 Exercise Physiology
  • PHES 410 Kinesiology or PTA 164 Functional and Applied Anatomy
  • PHES 465 Exercise Prescription
  • PHES 480 Internship or PTA 288 Clinical Education III
  • PSYC 121 General Psychology
  • PSYC 232 Human Growth and Development

24-26 credit hours within a concentration

Health & Wellness

Choose at least 24 credit hours from:

  • BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • COMM 250 Interpersonal Skills or 310 Group Communication
  • BUS 230
  • up to 3 courses from BUS, ACCT, MKT or MGMT
  • NTRN 250 Food Science or higher
  • PHES 127 Strength and Conditioning, 240 Nutrition and Exercise for the Training Athlete, 245 Personal Training, 250 Group Exercise Instruction, 255 Fundamentals of Coaching
  • PHES 320 Current Issues in Health or PTA 274 Medical Lectures
  • PHES 323 Coaching/Teaching Athletic Conditioning, 324 Coaching and Teaching Team Sports I, 325 Coaching and Teaching Team Sports II, 326 Teaching Strategies and Methods of Racquet Sports, 328 Teaching Strategies and Methods of Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball, 335 Introduction to Adapted Physical Education, 361 ECG Interpretation for Exercise Science
  • PHES 405 Care and Prevention of injury in the Physically Active or PTA 272 Patient Care Skills III
  • PHES 452 Biomechanics, 456 School Health, 457 Community Health, 460 Special Topics in Nutrition and Fitness (up to 6 credits)
  • PHES 485 Advanced Study of Strength and Conditioning
  • PSYC 300 or higher
  • SOCI 251 Sociology of Health or SOCI 252 Sociology of Sports
  • SOCI 135 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity or SOCW 377 Cultural Diversity and Human Rights

Kinesiology

Choose at least 24 credit hours from:

  • BIOL 190 Principles of Biology I, 191 Principles of Biology II, 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 223 Introduction to Microbiology or 226 Microbiology
  • BIOL 270 Pathophysiology
  • CHEM 141 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 142 Principles of Chemistry II or 243 Organic and Biochemistry
  • NTRN 250 Food Science or higher
  • PHES 245 Personal Training
  • PHES 250 Group Exercise Instruction
  • PHES 320 Current Issues in Health or PTA 274
  • PHES 335 Introduction to Adapted Physical Education
  • PHES 361 ECG Interpretation for Exercise Science
  • PHES 405 Care and Prevention of injury in the Physically Active or PTA 272
  • PHES 452 Biomechanics
  • PHES 460 Special Topics in Nutrition and Fitness (up to 6 credits)
  • PHES 485 Advanced Study of Strength and Conditioning
  • PSYC 300-level or higher
  • SCIE 257 Physics I
  • SCIE 258 Physics II
  • SOCI 135 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity or SOCW 377 Cultural Diversity and Human Rights