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Exercise Science


Degrees awarded: B.A., B.S.

Graduates with a major in Exercise Science will have the skills and knowledge to become personal trainers, exercise professionals, or strength and conditioning specialists. As exercise professionals, graduates will be involved in developing and implementing individualized approaches to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or for those individuals with medical clearance to exercise. Graduates of the program will be proficient in writing appropriate exercise recommendations, leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise, and motivating individuals to begin and to continue with their healthy behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to sit for professional certification examinations offered by NSCA and ACSM.

Major in Exercise Science: 43 semester hours, including ATP 159, or 112 and 220; PXS 111, 217 (or ATP 120), 240, 285, 286 (or BIO 306 & 308), 290, 300, 306, 308 (or ATP 230), 312, 373; 400 or ATP 484, PXS 404, 405 and 492. Students majoring in EXS are exempt from the wellness core requirement.

Additional Requirements: Students majoring in Exercise Science must meet the following requirements for graduation:

  1. A grade of C (2.0) or better in each course of the student's major.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.

Requirements for a minor: 27 semester hours, including ATP 159, PXS 111, 217, 240, 285, 286 (or BIO 306 & 308), 290, 312, 404 and 492.

Writing Enrichment Courses: PXS 300 and PXS 400

Computer Intensive Courses: PXS 300, 312, and 400

Physical Education and Exercise Science Courses