The Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science prepares students for health-related professions, graduate studies, doctoral research, and professional training. Students complete 80 credit hours of course requirements in addition to the College core curriculum. All students must complete an internship, and may choose to add a concentration in allied health or pre-physical therapy.
Students should refer to the College Bulletin or the major status sheet for complete information regarding major requirements.
The Pre-Physical Therapy concentration prepares students to apply to a doctoral physical therapy program. The concentration satisfies course requirements for admission at most American physical therapy schools. This unique educational experience allows students to gain the basic science prerequisite knowledge needed in the physical therapy profession, as well as the applied science to understand the application of the science. In addition to taking classes in biology, chemistry, physics, and applied health science, students will also engage in original research with professors, attend regional/national scientific meetings, and obtain placement in a variety of practical/internship experiences. The concentration also includes a one-credit hour Introduction to Physical Therapy course that integrates studies in biology and anatomy for application in future careers in physical or occupational therapy. Students will learn how to take basic medical histories, have an introduction to performing a general physical examination, and begin to develop differential diagnoses for various musculoskeletal processes. In addition, students will begin to investigate therapy modalities applicable to a variety of therapy needs. Throughout this course, students will gain knowledge helpful in their transition into the first year of an advanced health professional program.
Students should refer to the College Bulletin or the major status sheet for complete information regarding minors.
A minor in exercise science provides students with a foundational understanding of exercise science, including the requirements for professional certification, graduate school, and career options for both fitness and clinical fields. Students complete 28 credit hours of course requirements and receive specialized instruction in anatomy and physiology and the acute and chronic effects of exercise on human systems.
Students should refer to the College Bulletin or the minor course requirements for complete information regarding minors.
A minor in nutrition provides students with foundational courses intended to increase knowledge of nutrition issues. The minor complements degrees related to exercise science, biology, chemistry, psychology, education, and medical or allied health fields. Students can also use the minor to better understand their own nutritional needs and improve health.
Students complete 15 credit hours in macronutrient and micronutrient basic chemistry, roles in the body, food sources, and recommended intakes. Other topics include nutritional requirements and challenges during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adulthood, and older adulthood; scientific basis for the role of nutrition in human performance; scientific overview of popular dietary supplements; the relationship between nutritional and specific chronic disease; and the relationship between current public health issues and nutritional habits.