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Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science
School of Professional and Graduate Studies

The Exercise Science Major is designed for students who are interested in studying the body as it pertains to human movement and the physiological changes that occur in the body in response to exercise and physical activity. It is intended for students who would like to pursue a career in exercise science, sports medicine, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, personal training, strength and conditioning, and cardiac rehabilitation. Exercise Science is a multidisciplinary evidenced-based program, which is fast-growing and ever changing. Exercise Scientists use their knowledge of the human body and exercise leadership skills to help people improve physical performance, fitness, health and overall quality of life. The Exercise Science major has some flexibility where students must choose an option that best accomplishes their career objectives.

Declaration of Major and Retention Criteria

Students will be accepted to the College as an Exercise Science major. Students will also be advised by faculty in the Human Performance and Movement Science Department and assisted with program planning throughout their program of study.

Declaration Of Exercise Science Major

Students accepted to the College who wish to pursue the Exercise Science Major must complete a Declaration of Major form either during Orientation, or upon consultation with the program faculty members.

All students who declare Exercise Science as their major will have the opportunity to register for the appropriate first year courses within the program as recommended by their Exercise Science faculty advisor. After the completion of two semesters within the program, the ability to register for upper-level Exercise Science courses will depend on the completion of the established retention standards (see below).

Retention in Exercise Science Major

End of Second Semester:

Completion of the following Allied Requirement Courses

  • INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry or INCHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry or INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
  • BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Overall GPA of 2.5, major GPA of 2.5 and a grade C or higher in the following courses:

  • HLSC 101 Health and Wellness
  • HPEX 250 Introduction to Exercise Science

Submission of a Retention Portfolio consisting of the following items: (Portfolio requirements will be discussed in detail during HPEX 250 Introduction to Exercise Science.)

  • Personal Identity Statement
    • Professional Recommendations: Two recommendations for admission by KSC faculty (minimum one faculty member recommendation from outside of the Human Performance and Movement Department).
    • Professional Orientation: Documentation of progress in professional role modeling, professional writing, and professional experience.

Third Semester in Exercise Science program until Graduation:

  • Enrollment in HPEX 372, HPEX 472, and HPEX 492 requires the following standards:
    • Student must receive a grade C or better in all required Exercise Science courses.
    • Student must maintain a cumulative and major GPA of 2.5.
    • Student must maintain current certification in Adult CPR & First Aid.

Intergrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

Allied Requirements

16 credits

  • INCHEM 100, INCHEM 103 or INCHEM 111 – Chemistry is a prerequisite for BIO 230 and BIO 232 therefore it is recommended that all students interested in Exercise Science register for Chemistry in the fall of their freshman year.
  • BIO 230 and BIO 232 – Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology is required for all Exercise Science majors. This sequence is typically started in the spring semester of the freshman year.
  • ISHLSC 285 – Health in Society is required for all Exercise Science majors. Should be taken after the completion of HLSC 101.

Students interested in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy will be advised to take open elective courses that fulfill graduate school prerequisites

Competency Requirements for Exercise Science

All students majoring in Exercise Science are required to be certified in Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer for courses marked with a ¹.

Exercise Science Core Requirements

36 credits

  • HLSC 101 Health and Wellness
  • HP 200 Applied Kinesiology
  • HP 201 Physiology of Exercise
  • HPEX 250 Introduction to Exercise Science
  • HPEX 332 Exercise Testing and Programming¹
  • HPEX 335 Advanced Strength and Conditioning¹
  • HP 344 Sports Nutrition
  • HPEX 372 Practicum: Exercise Leadership¹
  • HPEX 492 Exercise Science Seminar

Allied Health Option

16 credits

  • HLSC 330 Health Psychology
  • HP 340 Epidemiology of Physical Activity and Injury
  • HPAT 341 Recognition of Injury and Illness
  • HP 460 Experimental Design and Analysis for Physical Education

Human Performance Option

15 credits

  • HP 210 Introduction to Coaching (3 credits)

Select 3 of the following courses:

  • MGT 260 Introduction to Sports Management
  • IIHP 310 Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport
  • HPEX 371 Coaching Practicum Elective
  • HLSC 431 Stress Management

Students who have successfully completed HP 210 Introduction to Coaching and HPEX 372 Practicum: Exercise Leadership will be eligible for HPEX 371 Coaching Practicum. Although HPEX 371 is not required to graduate, HPEX faculty will help advise and mentor students interested in coaching this practicum opportunity.

  • HPEX 472 Exercise Science Externship Elective

Students who have successfully completed HPEX 372 Practicum: Exercise Leadership will be eligible for HPEX 472 Exercise Science Externship. Although HPEX 472 is not required to graduate, HPEX faculty will help advise and mentor students interested in the externship opportunity.

Open Electives

Students must select courses to reach a minimum total of 120 credits for the degree.

Students interested in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy will be advised to take open elective courses that fulfill graduate school prerequisites

Degree Requirements

120 credits