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, pre-athletic training, personal training, strength and conditioning, and cardiac rehabilitation. Exercise Science is a multidisciplinary evidence-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.
The Allied Health Option is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in health professions, cardiac rehabilitation, sports medicine, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-athletic training.
The Pre-Athletic Training Specialization is specific for the 5-year (3+1+1) Keene State College to Plymouth State University pathway and provides undergraduate students a path to an accelerated master’s degree in Athletic Training.
The Human Performance Option is intended for students who wish to pursue exercise science, personal training and fitness, and strength and conditioning.
Declaration of Major and Retention Criteria
Students are accepted to the College as an Exercise Science major.
Based on career goals, students will select the appropriate Option. Faculty in the Human Performance and Movement Science Department assist with program planning throughout the program of study.
Due to the accelerated nature of the 3+1+1 MS in Athletic Training with PSU, declaration in the BS in Exercise Science, Allied Health Option, Pre-Athletic Training Specialization is encouraged upon entry to the College, but must be made no later than the end of the second year at Keene State College.
After the completion of two semesters within the program, the ability to register for upper-level Exercise Science courses will depend on the successful completion of:
- Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5
- Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average in the Exercise Science major of 2.5
- Completion of the Allied Requirement courses.
Integrative Studies Requirements
40 credits minimum
*68 credits (Core + Option) + 20 Allied Courses *
- MATH 120 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry (Human Performance Option)
- MATH 141 Introductory Statistics (Allied Health Option)
- INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry (Human Performance Option)
- INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I (Allied Health Option)
- BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIO 332 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- ISPH 285 Health in Society (Allied Health)
- INHP 220 PA and Disease Prevention (Human Performance)
Competency Requirement for Exercise Science
All students majoring in Exercise Science are required to be certified in Standard First Aid and CPR/AED for courses marked with a ¹.
Exercise Science Core Requirements
HPEX 250 Introduction to Exercise Science
HP 300 Applied Kinesiology
HP 301 Physiology of Exercise
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
Enrollment in upper-level practicum coursework: HPEX 372, HPEX 472, and HPEX 492 requires the following:
- Earned grade of C or better in required Exercise Science courses.
- Maintain a cumulative and major GPA of 2.5.
- Current certification in Adult CPR & First Aid.
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.
40 credits at upper-level