Feb 22, 2024
Exercise and Sports Science
|Timothy Hilliard (Acting Chair, Fall 2016)
|Danielle Wigmore, Spring 2017
Objectives for the Exercise and Sports Science Program
The Exercise and Sports Science major is designed with two career concentrations: clinical exercise physiology and fitness management. The major is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. It is multidisciplinary in that it includes the integration of anatomy, physiology, physics, psychology, and learning theory to describe and explain responses and adaptations to exercise and training, and to apply that knowledge to enhance physical potential for health, for sport, and in rehabilitation. It is interdisciplinary in that it draws from biology and business administration to provide a foundation in these disciplines to support exercise science applications as well as to enhance career preparedness.
There is a common core of Exercise Science courses to ensure a solid foundation in the various disciplines that comprise this multidisciplinary field of study, and to ensure the ability to apply knowledge in a variety of practical experiences. There is an opportunity also to develop breadth and depth in the field of Exercise and Sports Science as each concentration has specific requirements, as well as free electives.
- To prepare relevant professional education supported by a rigorous scientific base to students who choose Exercise and Sports Science careers, whether in the clinical or the fitness setting
- To provide leadership opportunities through apprenticeships, specified internships, and presentations and publications
- To provide career alternatives to students in other majors by offering courses related to their chosen fields of endeavor
- To support the university’s liberal arts requirement in the area of health and fitness
- To provide opportunity for students to learn lifetime leisure skills
Requirements for the Major in Exercise and Sports Science
Prerequisites: All Exercise and Sports Science majors must complete a core of EXSS courses, including a 240-hour internship, as well as 4 or 5 liberal arts and science courses, depending on the concentration.
The following courses carry a prerequisite minimum grade of 2.0 in EXSS 1011 AND BIOL 1200:
Additional requirements include:
Required EXSS Courses
All students are required to complete the following common core courses:
Requirements for the Concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology
The Health and Fitness requirement in Liberal Arts and Sciences
As part of the Science, Math, and Technology cluster, students must complete three* credit hours in a course or courses that fulfill the health/fitness specification.
*Exercise and Sport Science students meet this requirement by taking all the required courses for the major. Should a student leave the major, he/she must fulfill this requirement.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration